Former PBA Commissioner Noli Eala took a swipe at the sparse crowd that was watching the PBA double-header at the Ynares Center in Antipolo last September 13, 2017.
Eala, the PBA’s sixth commissioner, served the league from 2003 to 2007 and was previously a play-by-play commentator for Viva-Vintage Sports.
The league, save for games featuring Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel, has been playing to small and continuously declining crowds lately and Eala couldn’t help but share his thoughts on the league’s current predicament.
“I cannot believe that team owners aren’t alarmed yet with the gate attendance of the PBA,” said Eala on his Twitter post.
Venue attendance indeed took a hit due to unpopular decisions by the league management. Among the recent developments which were frowned upon by the fans were the entry of expansion teams Blackwater and KIA – with the latter appointing boxer Manny Pacquiao as their head coach, approval of clearly lopsided trades, favoritism of some teams, adjustment of rules which resulted in turning basketball into almost a non-contact sport, and last but not the least was the imposition of fines for even the smallest of infractions – an innovation introduced by current commissioner Chito Narvasa. – Victor Adea