PBA in talks with leagues in Japan, Korea for stronger ties, better cooperation

The increasing amount of Filipino players moving overseas is not stopping the Asia’s pioneer professional basketball league in making ties with its Asian counterparts.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial bared that the Japan pro league and the Korean Basketball League (KBL) approached him with intentions of developing their respective connections with the association.

Marcial admitted that the B.League invited him to witness its All-Star Game set next year on January 14-15 in Okinawa and that the KBL recently expressed its desire to have a meeting with him.

“Ang KBL commissioner, sumulat at gusto makipag-meeting sa atin. Ang Japan B.League, may All-Star [Game], iniimbita ako na pumunta sa Japan,” the league Commissioner said.

Furthermore, the PBA also forged ties with the East Asia Basketball League (EASL) which will be made official by the next month.

With this, Marcial is optimistic that this step is a good start for the development of the leagues in Asia.

“Nakikita niyo na na may usapan na ang mga iba’t-ibang liga. Gusto tayong kausapin ng Korea, inimbita tayo ng Japan league. Simula na na maging maayos ang samahan natin dito sa Asia,” Marcial stated.

Meanwhile, PBA Chairman and TNT Tropang Giga governor Ricky Vargas sees these developments by the PBA as a welcome sign of a ‘better cooperation’ with other Asian leagues.

“When we do have stronger ties, we will be able to see to it that we respect each other’s rights in terms of movement of players. We will have better cooperation.”

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