THE current PBA crisis pitting two rival factions in the league's board of governors has revived calls for a long-overdue meeting among team owners.
Dioceldo Sy, owner of the Blackwater franchise, has proposed a summit among team owners in an effort to abort further divisiveness within the board over the tenure of under-fire commissioner Chito Narvasa.
Sy believes a meeting involving Ramon S. Ang of the SMC Group, Manny V. Pangilinan of the MVP bloc, Alaska's Wilfred Uytengsu, Dennis Uy of Phoenix, Raymund Yu and Terry Que of Rain or Shine, Mikee Romero of Globalport, Pepito Alvarez of KIA, and himself can end the impasse.
"We need to address the current situation of divisiveness. I know these people are preoccupied with a lot of things, and so am I. But we have to make time for it, for the love of basketball, the country, and the PBA," Sy told SPIN.ph.
And if it needs no less than Malacanang to stand in the middle and preside over owner's summit, so be it, Sy added.
"I'm not kidding. President Duterte could perhaps help us. These men are some of the country's top businessmen," he said. "The President is close to Mr. Ang and so is Mr. Pangilinan. Dennis Uy or Bong Go could push for it."
Uy, who also owns 2Go and recently purchased the Family Mart franchise, is the current presidential adviser on sports, while Go, a certifief basketball fanatic who frequents PBA games, is head of the Presidential Management Staff.
The PBA held its last owners' meeting in 2011 under then commissioner Chito Salud at the Shangrila Hotel. Ang, Pangilinan, and Uytengsu were present along with Yu and Que, Bert Lina of Air21, and George Chua of Barako Bull.
Back then sensitive issues such as the building of the league’s own coliseum, renewal of the television contract, its role in the formation of the national team, the leave of absence taken by Barako Bull, and the introduction of the PBA D-League were among those discussed.
Sy said the same can be tackled in the proposed meeting especially with the PBA now having an active participation in the formation of the national team through the players it lends to the Gilas program.
“That’s also one of the reasons why perhaps President Duterte can help since national interest is also at stake here through the Gilas program,” said the Blackwater team owner.
The meeting should also serve as an avenue for KIA to finally commit if it is indeed, capable of maintaining a competitive team in the league.