PBA’s UPC prevents Kiefer Ravena from playing in Japan B.League, says Willie Marcial

The PBA wasted no time in coming up with its stand after NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena signed a deal to play for the Shiga Lakestars in the Japan B.League.

The 27-year old Road Warriors guard apparently came to terms with the Lakestars for the 2021-2022 season, as announced by the team on its Twitter account on Wednesday.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a new player for the 2021-22 Season with Kiefer Ravena. Ravena will be registered as the Asian Player Quotas,” said the team through a statement.

Commissioner Willie Marcial, however, disclosed that the league won’t allow Ravena to push through with his plans simply because he has a live contract with the Road Warriors.

“Hindi puwede. May kontrata siya sa NLEX, mayroong UPC (Uniform Players Contract) and may commitment siya sa PBA,” said Marcial.

The former Ateneo de Manila standout is tied down to a three-year deal with NLEX which he signed just last September.

Prior to the signing, there were already reports earlier this year what Ravena is planning to join his younger brother Thirdy in Japan. NLEX team manager and head coach Yeng Guiao even confirmed that there was indeed an offer on the table. The volatile mentor, however, bared that while he doesn’t want to stand in Ravena’s way, Guiao reminded him that he has an obligation to fulfill, not only to the team but to the league as well.

NLEX management has yet to release an official statement with regards to the issue as of posting time.

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@peepso_user_215(sniper )
Majority sa atin hindi na gusto ang nangyayari sa PBA. Pero sa kasong ito tama naman si Willie Marcial. Kiefer signed a three-year contract last September and unless i-release sya ng NLEX at PBA, he has no other choice but to honor it. Very basic ito under obligations and contracts.

3 months ago
@peepso_user_351(Ron Suarez)
totally agree with this one, marami magsasbi na pangit na kasi sa PBA, but still contract is a contract.... NLEX and PBA should have agreed first bago sya pumirma sa Japan, kaso parang sa NLEX lang sya nagpaalam, tas ayaw pa maglabas ng statement ng NLEX...
@peepso_user_61(peping )
Yes, couldn't agree more.
3 months ago
@peepso_user_7(rock breaker)
Loopholes. Like all PBA rules, there's always a loophole to be exploited. In this case, Multiple scenarios can occur. 1. Mutual agreements between Ravena, Nlex and the PBA. 2. Unconditional release of Ravena from his contract (which is not likely to happen) 3. Buy out of Ravena's contract. 4. Absolute breach of contract that would probably have Ravena fined and banned.(if this is another case of a player not wanting to play for the MVP group anymore) Whatever the case maybe, the pba should not impede an athlete's opportunity to represent himself and the country in foreign pro leagues.
@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
TRANSPARENCY yan ang need ng PBA.
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@peepso_user_215(sniper )
They know it, the fans know it. But it's something that will never happen, unless Alfrancis Chua and SMC leaves the league for good.
@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
Maybe it's time to revisit outdated rules est.1975. since it's offseason more time to review the rules, guidelines, contracts, etc. napakarami need repasuhin. Sana naman umaksiyon di lang para kay Chua at sa SMC kundi para sa mga Fans, sa PBA at sa Bayan.
3 months ago
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