Commissioner Narvasa's fate up in the air as PBA board convenes in a special meeting
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa's status will be discussed in the meeting of the board of governors on Thursday. Jerome Ascano

THE PBA board of governors convenes on Thursday for a special meeting to discuss whether under-fire Chito Narvasa should be given another term as commissioner or not.

All 12 members of the board or their alternates are expected to be at the league office in Libis, Quezon City to tackle the fate of Narvasa as head of Asia's first pro league, just over two years since he took over the job from Chito Salud.

Since he first assumed the commissionership in 2015, Narvasa has been signed on a per season basis provided he gets the approval of the board.

That approval has suddenly become in doubt, six days after Narvasa approved the contentious trade that sent the year’s top rookie pick – which turned out to be Christian Standhardinger – to powerhouse San Miguel in exchange for a bunch of role players and a future draft pick to KIA Picanto.

The decision is the 'final straw' that convinced a majority bloc in the board to put an end to Narvasa's stint as commissioner, multiple sources bared.

Sources of said the rookie draft last Oct. 29 should be the last function of Narvasa as commissioner as per the previous mandate given him by the board prior to last season.

For Narvasa to get a renewal, sources said he needs a majority vote from the board. As per the last count, only five members are amenable to giving the commissioner a fresh mandate.

On the other hand, sources said a two-thirds vote is needed for the board to oust Narvasa. In such a case, those opposing him are still one vote short of target.

Narvasa has yet to issue a statement regarding the meeting as of posting time.

The meeting is being held one week before the board leaves for Los Angeles, USA for its annual planning session. The PBA's 43rd season kicks off on December 17.


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