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    Sportsman Romero eyes return to pro league

    Jun 19, 2012
    Mikee Romero says he will inquire with the PBA on the possibility of acquiring a franchise. Jerome Ascano  

    After a fling in the Philippine Basketball Association a few years ago, businessman/sportsman Mikee Romero looks set to make another bid to enter the pro league.

    Currently co-owner of the Philippine Patriots in the Asean Basketball League, Romero was part of the Burger King ownership in the 2009 PBA Fiesta Conference but withdrew and left the team to rebuild itself as Air21.

    Now league insiders say it's through Powerade that Romero could break into the big league again.

    Romero, who had a sucessful run in the defunct amateur-commercial Philippine Basketball League with his Harbour Centre squad, said on Tuesday he will formally inquire with the PBA about the possibility of acquiring a franchise.

    He declined further comment, noting the timing of his bid wouldn't be right with the Governors' Cup ongoing.

    The conference is actually at a crucial stage, with the final stretch of the short elimination round drawing to a close and the Powerade Tigers running third with a .667 winning percentage.

    "We can't discuss this right now but we will formally inquire with the commissioner's office," said Romero.

    Powerade's future has been in question since botched negotiations to return its ownership to the San Miguel group. 

    Romero has been associated with various sports. The businessman plays polo and was lured into the national cycling scene by several riding groups. He is also president of the Philippine National Shooting Association.

    But it is in basketball where he has been most successful. Harbour Centre won seven titles  in the PBL and Romero later formed the Patriots with Tonyboy Cojuangco, winning the  home-and-away league's maiden crown in 2009.

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    Mikee Romero says he will inquire with the PBA on the possibility of acquiring a franchise. Jerome Ascano  
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