THE UAAP is serious in hiring a commissioner who will be given a longer term and more power.
League secretary treasurer Rod Roque of University of the East has confirmed that one of the proposals of the UAAP amendments committee is to appoint a commissioner for a maximum of three years.
The proposal is now up for approval by the presidents of all school members and could be in place as early as Season 78 or in 2015.
“That is one of our recommendations,” said Roque, when asked about giving the commissioner a longer period of time to handle not only the men’s basketball tournament but other sports as well.
“Maximum of three years,” Roque added.
The amendment will do away with the old practice of the commissioner being appointed by the host school on a yearly basis, which has led to problems in terms of continuity of the league's programs.
Another reason for hiring a full-time commissioner has to do with the recent decision of the league to move the juniors basketball tournament to the second semester.
As it is, a source told Spin.ph that UE is finding it difficul to hire a commissioner who will work for an entire season instead of the maximum of four months as was the previous practice.
UE has yet to appoint a basketball commissioner with the tournament's July 12 start drawing closer. Cage great Robert Jaworski, Joe Lipa, Noli Eala, Chino Trinidad, and Andy Jao are among those being considered for the job.
“That is why you hire a commissioner. He is there to take care of everything pertaining to the games. That is why we have to give him power,” Roque explained.