The PBA Governors’ Cup is a tournament of the Philippine Basketball Association. Along with the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the tournament is one of the two conferences that allows teams to hire a single foreign player, also known as an “import”. The tournament was first held in 1993 as the third conference of the PBA season.
It was discontinued in 2003 when the Reinforced Conference was revived. From 2004 to 2010, the league only held two conferences in a season; one All-Filipino tournament, named as the Philippine Cup and one with imports, named as the Fiesta Conference The tournament was re-instated in 2011 as the third conference of the PBA season after the league re-adopted the three conference format.
The Governors’ Cup also refers to the trophy awarded to the champion team.
The tournament format since the 2013 edition was changed to a quarterfinal-semifinal playoff format. The top eight teams after a single round-robin elimination round will advance to the quarterfinals. The top four teams will have a twice-to-beat incentive against their opponents during this round. The winners will advance to a best of five semifinal round and the winners of this round will meet in a best-of-seven championship series.
The height limit for import players varies from every year. In 2011, the height adopted a handicapping system in which the top two teams of the combined results of the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups are allowed to have an import with a 6’2″ height limit. The next four teams will be allowed with a 6’4″ import and the last two teams will be allowed with a 6’6″ import. In 2012, the handicapping was scrapped and the league set the height limit of imports to 6’5″.