PBA board okays Kia, NLEX, Ever Bilena as expansion teams
Alder Almo (The Philippine Star) - April 10, 2014 - 5:58pm

MANILA, Philippines – The PBA board of governors approved the application of KIA, NLEX and Ever Bilena on Thursday in a landmark decision that will bring the league to 13 teams starting next season.

The pro league's official account @pbaconnect broke the big news late Thursday afternoon.

NLEX and Ever Bilena have proven their capacity to form a winning team in the PBA D League while KIA has been a major sponsor in the big sporting events such as NBA and football.

NLEX, meanwhile, will be the third team owned by Manny V. Pangilinan after Talk n Text and Meralco. The Pangilinan group thus ties corporate rival San Miguel Corporation, which has San Miguel Beer, San Mig Super Coffee and Brgy. Ginebra.

D LEAGUE EVER BILENA GINEBRA MANNY V NLEX PANGILINAN SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE AND BRGY SAN MIGUEL BEER SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION TEXT AND MERALCO
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