'Let’s go back to normal': PBA upbeat on brand new season

Olmin Leyba - Philstar.com
'Let�s go back to normal': PBA upbeat on brand new season
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial (third from left, seated) is joined by PBA team governors during Tuesday's well-attended press conference.
STAR / Jun Mendoza

MANILA, Philippines – PBA officials look to ride the momentum of a successful Season 47 as they roll out the pro league’s new season on November 5.

Coming off a full calendar of three conferences highlighted by a record crowd of 54,589, a major boost in revenues, updated rules that led to a new all-time high in rookie draft applicants, and of course, Gilas Pilipinas’ Asian Games gold medal, the PBA sees a rosy picture ahead.

“Our overarching battle cry is: Let’s bring the PBA back to normal,” PBA chairman Ricky Vargas said at a well-attended press launch Tuesday.

“Back to three conferences, back to being able to reinvigorate the PBA, reach areas outside Metro Manila again and get to where we were pre-pandemic. That’s what we want moving forward.”

With the banner season, Vargas reported that the league’s revenue growth is “nearing pre-pandemic levels.”

“That goes to show the PBA is slowly, surely getting back on track,” he said.

The famous triumph by the PBA-formed Gilas team in Hangzhou adds to the excitement for Season 48, which will feature a marquee group of newbies led by top pick Stephen Holt and a new channel — A2Z — to air the games live.

“The year ended by us taking the challenge of building a hastily formed team and we came home with the gold. The PBA is now the gold standard of basketball in the Philippines, that’s what I think. But more importantly, we’re the best in Asia for the next four years,” said Vargas.

According to TV5 president Guido Zaballero, the league’s long-time broadcast partner has entered into a blocktime/content supply agreement with Zoe TV and ABS-CBN for a dedicated airing of PBA’s Wednesday, Friday and Sunday games, which for this season will have a 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. timeslot on weekdays and 3 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. slates on weekends.

The games will still be seen on Pilipinas Live, Cignal TV’s newest streaming platform, and on PBA Rush.

“We promise a very exciting season for our viewers,” said Meralco governor Bill Pamintuan.

Competition-wise, everyone expects a cutthroat environment both in the Commissioner’s Cup and the season-ending Governors’ Cup.

“All the teams have bolstered their lineups. All are competitive, all have chances to be in the playoffs,” said Phoenix governor Raymond Zorrilla.

The PBA’s November 5 first salvo at the Smart Araneta Coliseum will start with the Leo Awards at 4 p.m. followed by a grand opening ceremony an hour later.

At 7 p.m., Magnolia, fresh from an 11-0 sweep of the PBA On Tour pre-season series, and TNT, the reigning Governors’ Cup titlist, hit the court for the lone offering on Day 1.

vuukle comment



  • Latest
  • Trending
Are you sure you want to log out?

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

Get Updated:

Signup for the News Round now

or sign in with