Search com­mit­tee formed to find Nar­vasa’s re­place­ment

Manila Times - - SPORTS - JOSEF T. RAMOS

BLACKWATER team owner Dio­celdo Sy said a search com­mit­tee was formed to look for Chito Nar­vasa’s re­place­ment as com­mis­sioner of the Philippine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA).

With the fruit­less an­nual planning of the PBA Board in Los An­ge­les be­cause of the ab­sence of four mem­bers who pushed for the non-re­newal of Nar­vasa’s term, Sy said he’s con­fi­dent that the lead­er­ship cri­sis in the league will be over soon.

“Maybe next week there’ll be good news that will come out when they (board) come back. I heard there is al­ready a search com­mit­tee to see the avail­able can­di­dates. They are re­ally work­ing on it,” said Sy on Mon­day.

Blackwater is one of the seven clubs that voted for the non-re­newal of Nar­vasa’s term as com­mis­sioner, cit­ing loss of con­fi­dence. But five teams, led by the San Miguel Cor­po­ra­tion block, said oth­er­wise and wanted Nar­vasa to re­main as com­mis­sioner for the com­ing 43rd sea­son of the PBA.

Eight mem­bers of the board went to Los An­ge­les for their an­nual planning ses­sions but re­ports said the is­sue on Nar­vasa was not dis­cussed, as four mem­bers, in­clud­ing in­com­ing chair­man Ra­moncito Fer­nan­dez of NLEX, did not join the trip.

Be­sides Fer­nan­dez, Phoenix’s Ray­mond Zo­rilla, lawyer Mamerto Mon­dragon of Rain or Shine and TNT KaTropa’s Patrick Gre­go­rio were ab­sent in the planning ses­sion.

Alaska and Mer­alco were the two other teams, which op­posed Nar­vasa’s term ex­ten­sion al­though they sent rep­re­sen­ta­tives to Los An­ge­les.

The league is set to open its new sea­son on De­cem­ber 17 and Sy sug­gested mak­ing Fer­nan­dez as the league’s of­fi­cer in charge (OIC) un­til the search com­mit­tee finds a new com­mis­sioner.

“It’s go­ing to be a big sac­ri­fice on the part of Mon Fer­nan­dez to do that be­cause he’s a CEO of NLEX and Mayni­lad. So, it’s go­ing to be a rush for the search com­mit­tee to find a new com­mis­sioner as soon as pos­si­ble. It is re­ally hard to do the day-to- day job in the PBA,” added Sy.

Rickie San­tos, the op­er­a­tions head of the league, was pre­vi­ously named the league’s OIC af­ter the seven teams de­cided not to ex­tend Nar­vasa’s term. The SMC bloc re­port­edly turned down San­tos’ ap­point­ment as OIC.

“Let’s hope for the best and hope that there is no lock­out. We don’t want to see a lock­out like what hap­pened in the NBA a few years ago,” he said. “There should be a PBA on De­cem­ber 17.”

The seven teams threat­ened not to play if Nar­vasa stays as com­mis­sioner but Sy said the team gov­er­nors agreed to set­tle the mat­ter on their own.

“I think that af­ter the fire that had hap­pened be­tween the two groups, the ten­sion has gone al­ready. They just re­al­ized that most of the teams are not happy any­more and 95 per­cent of the pub­lic is unhappy [with the way Nar­vasa runs the league]. It’s about time to get a new and non-par­ti­san com­mis­sioner,” he added.

Dur­ing the Los An­ge­les planning ses­sion, the eight board mem­bers have agreed to re­tain the three-con­fer­ence for­mat and the three-leg PBA All-Star Week.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.