The fast-growing Maharalika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) has recently released its guidelines regarding the recruitment of Fil-foreign players.
League commissioner Kenneth Duremdes announced the new ruling that teams are only allowed 1 Fil-foreign player with a maximum height of 6-foot-4.
“Kung makikita mo yung liga natin wala naman talagang mga dominant na malalaking locals, so the rationale of putting up a height limit for Fil-foreign players is to allow our local players an equal opportunity of competing against these Fil-foreign players,” said Duremdes during an interview with Rey Joble of FOX Sports PH.
“Kasi kung papayagan natin yung malalaking Fil-foreign players, magkakaroon agad ng disadvantage sa mga local players natin. We want to look at the best interest of the league, yung magkaroon ng balance competition,” added the 1998 PBA Most Valuable Player.
Aside from the height limit, the Fil-foreign player must have played college ball in the Philippines and should’ve been visible to the Filipino audience for a considerable amount of time already.
Duremdes added that the rule was put into place in order to prioritize the development of local players and to prevent teams from using tall Fil-foreign players which could eventually destroy league parity.
“Kailangan isa lang kasi nga ang objective natin talaga is magkaroon ng opportunity yung mga players natin, particularly our local players and homegrown,” said the player dubbed as Captain Marbel.