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    Meeting among PBA team owners sought to thresh out issues plaguing 'underperforming' league

    Mar 11, 2016
    Alaska president Wilfred Uytengsu, SMC head Ramon S. Ang, PLDT boss Manny V. Pangilinan and Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy are some of the prominent team owners in the PBA.

    BLACKWATER team owner Dioceldo Sy on Friday said it's high time owners of the 12 PBA member ballclubs sit down and thresh out all issues hounding the pro league in a controversy-filled season.

    The businessman-sportsman didn't hold back any punches when asked if a summit among the heads of the PBA teams, similar to the one called by former commissioner Chito Salud in 2011, is necessary at this time.

    "I believe team owners should sit down, instead of governors and alternate governors sitting on the board, to bring back order, credibility and prestige to the PBA board," Sy told SPIN.ph.

    "It's about time we go back to the drawing board and chart the future of the PBA. As I say again, the PBA today is an underperforming establishment and organization," the head of the Ever Bilena chain added.

    Sy issued the call at a time when the league is buffeted by controversy over some decisions made by the PBA board, which is made up of representatives of the 12 teams alternating in the post of chairman.

    A number of decisions made by the current board have come under fire the past few days, primarily the decision to rehire a marketing head just two weeks after she resigned in the midst of the personal controversy.

    [See Uytengsu rues 'disappointing' PBA decision to rehire marketing head]

    Asked if a summit among team owners is necessary at this time, Alaska owner Wilfred Uytengsu said he 'wouldn't be opposed to it.'

    "These people really own the teams so we really have interest. Now unfortunately it's different. It would be much more interesting to discuss and debate these things in a professional manner," said Uytengsu, who once sat as PBA chairman at a time when the board was made up of owners and presidents of the member ballclubs.

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    "I wouldn't be opposed to it."

    Although each board of governor is representing a member team and tasked to uphold its interest, Uytengsu said the board, as a body, should put the league's welfare and interest above all else.

    "I don't know whether or not the board's behavior is the result of instructions from owners or these are board members acting in what they think is for the best interest of the teams that they work for," said the Alaska owner.

    "You know, at the end of the day, every team wants to win, but the board should be thinking about the league first. That's really what the board should be responsible for - not worried about how my team can win.

    "What do I do to make the league more and more attractive and endearing to the fans? And how can the PBA be the first-choice source of entertainment above all the other competition, whether that's movies, other sports leagues, other basketball leagues.

    "That to me is what should be part of the strategic plan of the PBA board."

    [See 'Flabbergasted' Baylon weighs in on rehiring of PBA marketing head]

    Uytengsu was one of the team owners who gathered at the EDSA Shangrila Hotel back in 2011 during Salud's first year as commissioner to chart the league's future vis a vis the formation of the national basketball team.

    Joining him in the summit were other prominent owners like PLDT head Manny V. Pangilinan, San Miguel Corp. boss Ramon S. Ang, and Rain or Shine co-owners Terry Que and Raymond Yu.

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    Is it time for another summit?

    "Yeah, I wouldn't be opposed to that. I think (former) commissioner Salud asked for that once before," said Uytengsu.

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    Alaska president Wilfred Uytengsu, SMC head Ramon S. Ang, PLDT boss Manny V. Pangilinan and Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy are some of the prominent team owners in the PBA.
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