Continued rift among team governors threaten to postpone PBA Season 43 opening

ByJay King

It is not yet certain whether the PBA Governors will be able to form a quorum for their scheduled planning session at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday. Many resolutions remain unresolved with officials expressing concerns that the coming season could be postponed due to the continuing conflict between two blocs in the board.

“We’re bracing for the worst, and that’s the moving of the opening,” one governor who requested not to be identified told reporters.

The biggest issue of whether to retain Chito Narvasa as the league commissioner continues to divide the Board of Governors.

A Board meeting was scheduled on Monday, but four of the 12 governors were missing–NLEX governor and incoming PBA chairman Ramon Fernandez, Rain Or Shine’s Mamerto Mondragon, Phoenix’s Raymond Zorilla, and TNT’s Ricky Vargas.

Eight governors are continuing to hold informal talks to try and settle the deadlock on the issue. They are San Miguel Beer’s Robert Non, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Star’s Rene Pardo, GlobalPort’s Erick Arejola, Kia’s Bobby Rosales, Meralco’s Ryan Gregorio, Alaska’s Richard Bachmann, and Blackwater’s Silliman Sy.

A PBA official said Narvasa will continue to function as commissioner. “The operations will not be affected in any way by the impasse,” said one governor who requested anonymity. “The discussion at the Board level regarding the commissioner has nothing to do with league operations. It’s business as usual. The rules of the game are clear, the technical committee and the referees are in place and most of the teams are now getting ready for the new season,” he was quoted as saying.