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    PBA board of governors get together after a long while as league's 43rd season set for launch

    Dec 12, 2017

    IS all’s well that ends well for the PBA Board of Governors?

    At least that seems to be the case when the league’s 43rd season is formally launched at the Okada Manila Wednesday afternoon.

    Incoming chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX committed to show up for the season press conference in a move that could signal the beginning of the board sitting and working together as one after a long while.

    Fernandez made the assurance during the team launching and logo presentation of the NLEX team on Monday night, and then reiterated again his stand to league communication and external affairs head Willie Marcial the following day.

    Alaska alternate governor Dickie Bachmann and Siliman Sy of Blackwater have likewise guaranteed to show up in the event, according to sources, marking the very first time in more than a month the league body will get together since holding a board meeting for the last time on Nov. 8.

    Fernandez along with the rest of the MVP group, Rain or Shine, Alaska, and Phoenix comprised the seven board members who earlier expressed that they already lost confidence in the leadership of commissioner Chito Narvasa and are seeking to find a replacement for him.

    The rest of the five teams meanwhile, led by teams under the San Miguel Corp. umbrella, together with GlobalPort and KIA have banded together in support of Narvasa’s retention.


      The division within the board led to a leadership impasse within the league, so much so that no annual planning session was held this year and the scheduled monthly regular board meeting was cancelled at the last minute.

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      The dissension eventually had many speculating of a possible lockout or a delay in the opening of the new season.

      But two weeks ago, outgoing chairman and congressman Mikee Romero of GlobalPort announced during the PBA Press Corps Awards Night that the season-opening Philippine Cup will certainly kick off as scheduled on Dec. 17 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

      As if on cue, the league later released the schedule of the all-Filipino conference for the entire month of December exactly a week after Romero’s bold pronouncement.

      During the same NLEX team event, Fernandez said the board still stands by its earlier decision to have a news blackout on the issue, but just the same, reiterate that everything will go on as planned Sunday.

      Reached by if these are signs that everything is aligning together within the board and the entire league in general, a top executive of one of the 12 teams gave out a rather cryptic message.

      “You be the judge on Wednesday’s press conference,” he said.


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