Asian imports, 'unlimited height' format eyed as PBA board gathers in Incheon for planning session
The PBA board will have a lot of key decisions to make when it gathers for its annual planning session in Incheon, South Korea beginnng on Monday. Jerome Ascano

THE PBA board of governors is set to hold its annual planning session in Incheon, South Korea starting on Monday as it charts the league’s future especially with the entry of two new franchises ahead of its 40th season.

New chairman Patrick Gregorio of Talk `N Text will be presiding over the board meeting as successor to outgoing Meralco board of governor Ramon Segismundo.

League media bureau chief Willy Marcial said the board of governors will have a plateful in its agenda in Incheon, site of the ongoing 17th Asian Games, foremost of which is the expected grandiose opening of the league on October 19 at the newly-opened Philippine Arena.

Also to be tackled is the format of the league for the season following the entry of expansion franchises Blackwater Sports and Kia Motors that brought the number of member teams to a record-high 12.

“Iyan (import conferences) ang pag-uusapan sa board, yung tournament format, imports, Gilas, at `yung programa ni chairman,” Marcial told on Wednesday.

Marcial, who is also special assistant to commissioner Chito Salud, said also up for discussion is whether the league will bring back the ‘unlimited height’ for imports in the Commissioner’s Cup, or a handicapping system for teams that will finish among the top six in the Philippine Cup.

“Puwedeng handicapping, puwedeng Asian imports. Open iyan para pag-usapan sa board,” he added.

Although the league already has its own calendar for the coming season, Marcial said the board is still open to adjusting its schedule for the benefit of  Gilas Pilipinas, since it will also be preparing for next year’s Fiba-Asia Men’s Championship in China, a tournament that will serve as qualifier to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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