IS the NBA’s loss the PBA’s gain?
League Commissioner Willie Marcial is set to travel to China this week to discuss and negotiate the possible airing of PBA games in the country.
The development comes in the heels of the NBA’s recent fallout with China in the light of the controversial tweet by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey supporting protestors in Hong Kong.
Marcial said it remains to be seen whether the PBA games will be aired live in China or only choice games on specific playdates are going to be shown.
The compact PBA delegation also include league Chairman Ricky Vargas, Barangay Ginebra team governors Alfrancis Chua, league marketing head Gelo Serrano, and Bong Sta. Maria of Philippine Global Network (PGN), a joint subsidiary of TV5 Network Inc. and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.
Also being considered is the holding of an official PBA game in China following the successful staging of a back-to-back schedule in Dubai recently.
Matt Beyer, the CEO of the East Asia League Limited, has been invited by Marcial to attend the meeting and talk about the feasibility of Asia’s pioneering pro league holding a breakthrough game in the world’s most populous country.
Beyer have had an initial successful venture with the PBA after inviting San Miguel, TnT Katropa, and Blackwater to see action in the recent East Asia League Terrific 12 tournament in Macau.