The Alaska Aces announced on Wednesday that the ongoing 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup would be their last.
After 35 years in the league, the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned franchise has decided to retire.
“I hope we are leaving [the PBA] in a good place,” said Uytengsu shortly after the shocking announcement.
The Aces’ amiable team owner is hoping that league officials can find ways to level the playing field, something that would keep fans entertained and interested.
“I think in order for the league to continue to be healthy, you need to see a level playing field. I think that’s important,” said Uytengsu.
“I hope we’ve done everything we can do as a franchise, as an independent team to set the example. I know times are difficult for each team. Times are difficult for the league. But I hope that everyone comes together to talk, think league first, and that the league continues to be successful,” he added.
The widely respected businessman stressed that the success of an independent team in the league is the success of the league as a whole.
“Look, I think you look at the balance of power, you have some very, very strong teams. And the [rookie] draft is devised to help the weaker teams to help the weaker teams to become stronger so that any given day, the 10th, 11th, 12th team are competitive.”
“I think going forward, to enhance the fan base, you are going to want to see the other teams not just making the playoffs but making the championship [series] and winning one. I think that’s something for the league to think about going forward.”