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PBA to meet executives, coaches on officiating

By Nelson Beltran

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Basketball Association will meet with league and team officials and coaches to further explain the kind of officiating being made in the current PBA Fiesta Conference.

Officiating was one of the major issues taken up by the PBA board of governors in its three-day planning session, which ended yesterday in Cebu.

The board next tackles the league’s direction and plans for the 35th season and beyond.

“In the meantime, league officials, coaches and team managers will sit down together to discuss the officiating being used in the ongoing Fiesta Conference,” said PBA operations chief Rickie Santos. “This has been discussed with the coaches but not with the team managements. The governors say they’re in the dark on what this philosophy is all about.”

One governor had hit the league technical officials, saying “touch fouls are taking away the beauty of the game.” The league officials clarified the particular rule during the Cebu meeting.

“It was explained that hand-checking is not automatically called a foul. It depends on whether the defensive player gets an advantage as he does the hand-checking or when a defensive player impedes the movement of the offensive player,” said Santos.

Santos said the same officiating norm stays for the rest of the tournament.

Changes on rules would be discussed on the board’s next planning session.

“For the 35th season and beyond, the officiating philosophy will be based on what direction the board is looking at. Is the PBA for entertainment? Or will the PBA still be played leaning toward FIBA rules,” said Santos.

The PBA adopted the FIBA rules during the time of commissioner Noli Eala as the board agreed to take the lead in running the RP team programs for elite international tournaments.

The pro league even restructured its calendar, synchronizing it with the FIBA’s.

Current PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios is against the “pick-up system” for the national team.


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