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    Robert Non welcomes call for PBA team owners' meeting, but insists league not 'underperforming'

    Mar 13, 2016
    PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and league chairman Robert Non appear in a hastily called press conference. Jerome Ascano

    THE PBA board of governors welcomed calls for a new round of dialogue among team owners provided there is a clear parameter on what the meeting will be all about.

    League chairman Robert Non of San Miguel said the body has nothing against the suggestion of Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy for team owners to sit down together again the way they did in 2011, to thresh out the issues hounding the league early in a controversy-filled season.

    But unlike in that landmark meeting initiated by former commissioner Chito Salud, Non said there’s no specific agenda or important matters that need to be immediately addressed.

    “If you will recall, the team owners’ meeting back then centered on two matters of concern, the PBA’s role in the formation of the national team and the proposed building of the league’s own coliseum,” Non told Spin.ph of the team owners dialogue four years ago held at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel.

    “This proposal now, e hindi maliwanag ano ba 'yung parameters. Sana i-identify muna and then let’s take it from there.”

    Sy had proposed that team owners sit down to chart the future of the PBA, which he said ‘is an underperforming establishment and organization.’

    Alaska counterpart Wilfred Uytengsu was quick to say he wouldn’t oppose the proposal.

    [See Meeting among PBA team owners sought to thresh out issues hounding 'underperforming' league]

    Both Non and commissioner Chito Narvasa, who was joined in a hastily-called press conference on Sunday during halftime of the game between Tropang TNT and NLEX at the Philsports Arena by vice chairman Eric Arejola of Globalport, said it was good to hear team owners making themselves involved in the league.

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    “Comments from team owners are very much welcome. It gives us the incentive to work harder. We are all responsible and accountable to them,” said Narvasa. “We thank them for the opportunity to be here in the PBA to make it a better league.”

    Added Non, “we respect comments and suggestions especially mga team owners 'yan.”

    The chairman however, doesn’t think the league is ‘underachieving’ right now.

    “Hindi sa kinokontra ko 'yung statement,” he stressed. “The past years kung underachieving yung league, how come there are other teams interested in coming in right now like Phonenix.”

    He then disclosed that four other companies already signified intention of joining the 41-year-old league, but would rather not mention their names.

    Non stressed for the Philippine Cup alone, the league already surpassed its initial target despite the season opener being moved unexpectedly to a later date due to inclement weather.

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    PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and league chairman Robert Non appear in a hastily called press conference. Jerome Ascano
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