PBA sea­son nets over P200M

Kings-Bolts ti­tle series boosts gate re­ceipts

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By N‘ EL­SON BEL­TRAN

LOS AN­GE­LES – The Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion breached the P200-mil­lion mark in to­tal gate re­ceipts in its 2016-17 sea­son, gain­ing a three-per­cent in­crease from its sales in the pre­vi­ous sea­son – mainly on the record at­ten­dance in the Gine­bra-Mer­alco Gover­nors Cup fi­nale.

Through the Gover­nors Cup semi­fi­nal round, the PBA was ac­tu­ally down by 19 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous sea­son sale.

The num­ber sky­rock­eted and broke the P200-mil­lion mark as the Barangay Gine­bra Kings and the Mer­alco Bolts played be­fore record crowds from Game 5 to 7 at the Philip­pine Arena.

The three games played in the cav­ernous play­ing venue in Bo­caue, Bu­la­can drew a stag­ger­ing at­ten­dance of 144,173 – 36,445 in Game Five, 53,642 in Game Six and 54,086.

If the av­er­age ticket prize was P250, the league could eas­ily earn over P36 mil­lion in those three games alone.

There were no ex­act fig­ures avail­able as the out­go­ing chair­man and the league com­mis­sioner failed to make the of­fi­cial re­port fol­low­ing the scrap­ping of the PBA board plan­ning ses­sion here.

In­com­ing chair­man Ra­moncito Fer­nan­dez of NLEX, TNT KaTropa’s Pa­trick Gre­go­rio, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mon­dragon and Phoenix Petroleum’s Ray­mond Zor­rilla failed to make it to the an­nual meet­ing.

In a din­ner hosted by Kia’s Bobby Ros­ales in the trendy Spa­gos restau­rant Satur­day, noshows were Alaska Milk’s Dickie Bach­mann and Mer­alco’s Ryan Gre­go­rio.

Those who missed the ac­tiv­ity were Ros­ales, San Miguel Beer’s Robert Non, Gine­bra’s Al­fran­cis Chua, Star’s Rene Pardo and Glob­alPort’s Erick Are­jola.

Black­wa­ter’s Sil­li­man Sy was the only one present in all ac­tiv­i­ties.

The gover­nors and the ad­min­is­tra­tion staff of the league led by com­mis­sioner Chito Nar­vasa are leav­ing Los An­ge­les to­day with­out re­solv­ing their dis­pute on the term of the league com­mis­sioner.

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