OUTGOING PBA Board Chairman Mikee Romero assured the fans of a united board when the 43rd season of the Asia’s oldest pay for play league opens on December 17.
Fears of a delayed opening due to an ongoing leadership impasse in the offseason has been circulating around since the controversial trade that saw San Miguel acquire Kia’s first overall pick, which they used to draft Christian Standhardinger.
However, speaking in the formal press conference of the 43rd season launch, the GlobalPort boss was quick to allay those fears.
“December 17 is still the D-Date for the opening of season 43. Hindi pwedeng mawala ang PBA sa Pilipino. I think we’re a solid group at this time,” said Romero.
“Ang gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo lahat is the PBA has to move on. Like any company or anything, nasinok kami. Now we have to move on katulad ng gagawin namin. That’s why we want the opening to really start this December 17,” he added.
Romero said that while they have been mum about the impasse, the board will be making public the resolution to their issues – not as different factions but as one united board.
“With regard to anything about the board, we want to keep it among ourselves internally muna. Anything. The right time will come where we will come out as a whole,” Romero continued.
“Ang usapan namin lahat, we will one be one voice. Not just for the various 12 teams but for the Philippine fans of basketball, we want to be one voice in representing the whole PBA.”
The longtime basketball patron also added that he understands the frustrations of the fans, especially with the crisis of leadership in the PBA.
But he never lost his confidence that when the PBA is once again up and running, all these issues will finally be put to rest.
“Alam niyo, pag nagsimula na yung laban ulit at bakbakan magiiba na ulit yan. Admittedly, there are a lot of Filipino fans na na-turn off and they should be because I think basketball has to be played inside the basketball court and it should. Purist ako e and I like the purity of the game,” said Romero.
“Anything outside of basketball, hindi dapat dito sa basketball court nilalaban. We will assure the fans that we will provide the same entertainment, the same fun basketball that we will be providing,” he added.
He also hopes to finally go through with the succession of the chairmanship to NLEX Governor Ramoncito Fernandez by January after the board failed to create a quorum in the proposed board meeting last November in Los Angles.
But since he’s still the acting chairman, he vows to do his best to keep everything together until a formal succession is held.
“Hopefully January, magkakaron ng board meeting but some of the members are asking me just to hold the fort for them and I will try but if somebody comes in already and there’s a new chairman anytime he can come in. I’m just filling for the next chairman. My term has elapsed already.”