PARIS—The entire leadership of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was here on Thursday for its annual planning session, where the organization will discuss how the next season will play out and addresses certain concerns faced by Asia’s pioneering professional cage league.
Led by TNT’s board chairman Ricky Vargas and commissioner Willie Marcial, federation officials will be in the French capital over the next four days to deal with a number of issues such as rule changes, continuation continued participation in the East Asian Super League and concessions that the Bay Area may be granted when it replays in the PBA.
“There are other things that will be on the table when we get there,” Marcial told the Inquirer, hours before boarding an Etihad flight to Dubai for the group to transit. “We will be open to [divulging] all of them after the planning session.”
A return to the three-game format starting with the opening with the all-Philippines tournament in early October will certainly be approved. The tournament only hosted the Philippine Cup and Enhanced Conference this year to make way for the country to co-host the Fiba (International Basketball Federation) World Cup.
Players from the PBA that will form the Gilas Pilipinas team with Jordan Clarkson of the Utah Jazz in the NBA are likely to be selected as naturalized players.
The Bay Area’s involvement in the second consecutive season will be discussed, and the most important topic is the thorny issue of how many imports will be allowed to strengthen the Dragon.
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