Erstwhile OIC Willie Marcial named PBA commissioner, given three-year term
Willie Marcial, pictured mingling with Gilas Pilipinas players during a recent practice, is now the commissioner of Asia's first pro league. Jerome Ascano

FROM officer in charge to full-time commissioner.

The PBA board has unanimously appointed Willie Marcial as the new chieftain of Asia's first ever play-for-pay league on Thursday.

The decision was made during the first monthly meeting of the board at the league office in Libis.

Marcial's appointment will be for three years.

SPIN.ph learned from multiple sources that 11 of the 12 member teams voted for the full-time promotion of Marcial, who literally rose from the ranks as a league statistician, a member of the television crew, to being the current External Affairs and Communications head.

He also learned how to run the affairs of the league by working closely with former commissioners Jun Bernardino, Noli Eala, Sonny Barrios, Chito Salud, and Chito Narvasa.

Marcial is the 10th commissioner in the 43-year history of the league

“Willie is the leader the PBA needs during this time in our history. He will be a healing Comissioner and facilitate the changes that will bring us back together. #PBAISBACK,” said PBA chairman Ricky Vargas of TNT KaTropa.

“He has gained valuable insights and experience in working with the many PBA commissioners in the past. Looking forward to working with him. Let’s give Willie a warm welcome and wish him the best.”

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