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 Post subject: LIGA PILIPINAS
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:09 pm 
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My fellow pinoy basketball followers, there is a new league that is being develop and is being eyed to unfold on April 29 of this year.

The new league is called Liga Pilipinas which is now headed by previous PBA commissioner, the dynamic Nolie Eala.

As we all know by now, Liga Pilipinas is designed after the defunct MBA, a regional league which was heading to great success only to fold up unceremoniously due to an pre-empted ambition of getting even with the PBA, that its expenses where yet to be reasonable while the league was still norturing its marketability.

But now we have Liga Pilipinas, a grass roots regional-based league which all of us Pinoys who loves to take pride from where we learned basketball, is seriously being develope to give us a new dimension of basketball entertainment. Now lets go back again in testing the talent of your province versus the rest of the provinces, your region versus the rest of the regions...it is all about a brotherhood competition among Pinoys on who is the best local race folks in the country. Let us go back to the rivalry of Cebuanos vs Negrenses, Ilocanos vs Ecijanos, or Batanguenos vs Cavitenos...etc..etc.

This league may not have the glamour and iconic players of the PBA, but passion of pride for regional competition is what the PBA can never challenge against Liga Pilipinas.

But then guys, please note this league is not going up against the PBA.

Let this thread be your voice to shout your pride of your local blood in basketball. We hope this will be our home for our interesting discussions as Liga Pilipinas progresses this year. I encourage you guys to help me develop this thread, if there are news pertaining to the league, everyone are free to post and share it here.

As a reminder guys, keep it friendly and healthy....pare-pareho lang tayong Pilipino dito...

(this post was made on February 28, 2008)


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:31 am 
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too bad, my hometown couldn't participate in this kind of league...
who would ever want to go to Cotabato City for a game of basketball? :(


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:13 pm 
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SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Thursday, February 28, 2008

Former PBA commissioner Noli Eala has a plateful of things to do now that he’s the captain of the good ship Third Force.

Since leaving the PBA, Eala never expected to be this busy. But he’s not complaining. If there’s such a thing, Eala is pleasantly harassed.

Aside from attending to his sports projects, Eala is attending to his flourishing food store – ”Bread All Day” – in front of Mt. Carmel Church along Broadway Avenue and a flower shop called “Blooms in Breezes.” He’s also working on upgrading a family-owned resort in Los Baños.

Then, there’s the big triple world championship boxing card in Dubai he’s staging on April 18.

At the moment, Eala said he’s putting the finishing touches on Liga Pilipinas which is envisioned to be a home-and-away circuit, like the defunct MBA, with teams all over the country.

“There are 26 applicants for franchises and we’ll screen them down to 16 which is the number we’re looking at for our first season,” said Eala. “The deadline for the submission of applications is March 5 then we’ll decide the teams by March 15. By April 15, we’ll finalize the lineups and by April 29, we’ll get the show on the road.”

Eala said the league will not include a Metro Manila team.

“We’ll limit each team to two ex-pros in our first year and one in our second year because we aim to be developmental,” explained Eala. “But a team will be allowed to go over the limit if the ex-pros are included in the maximum of eight homegrown players in a 14-man lineup. Homegrown players are defined as those who were born in the place hosting the team, those who live there and those who trace lineage to the place.”

Eala said Fil-Ams are welcome in Liga Pilipinas and he plans a dispersal draft to give each team a crack at the pool.

“We’re playing strictly FIBA rules and in the playoffs, we intend to bring in two FIBA referees from overseas,” he continued. “We’re scheduling 175 games in a conference, more than in the PBA, and 380 games in a season. We’ll run two conferences of four months each. We’ll do quadruple headers four playing days a week so we’ll be extremely busy.”

Eala said he is in the process of negotiating a TV contract for the league.

“We’re meeting with three networks,” he disclosed. “We’ll probably sign up one network for games in the North and another network for games in the South. When the playoffs come around, we’ll work out a distribution arrangement. The league will maintain two headquarters, one in Manila and another in Cebu.”

So far, Eala said he has been able to locate sponsors pledging P12 million to support the league.

“The upside is tremendous,” said Eala. “We’ve got interested parties in Cebu, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, General Santos City, Tacloban, Tagbilaran City, Tagaytay, Batangas, Baguio City, Ilocos Sur, Pampanga, Taguig and many more. Henkel-Sista is thinking of adopting Taguig. Mayor Bautista is taking care of Baguio. Gil Cortez is coordinating Pampanga. The league has enormous potential.”


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:18 pm 
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Liga Pilipinas merges 2 regional cage tourneys
Eala resurfaces
By Francis Ochoa
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MANILA, Philippines -- A new basketball league, one which casts a bright eye at the future and a wary one at the past, was born Tuesday following the announcement that two regional basketball tournaments have decided to merge.

It will be called Liga Pilipinas.

And at the forefront of the merger is a basketball personality who knows a thing or two about running a league and unifying two separate entities.

“Liga Pilipinas will be the new face of the effort to unify regional basketball in the country,” said Noli Eala, former Philippine Basketball Association commissioner and one of the key personalities behind the merger of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the Basketball Association of the Philippines.

The league will be formed on a merger between the Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA) and the National Basketball Conference (NBC). The two leagues have agreed to work toward a goal that will actually call for the dissolution of their tournaments.

“There’s no use really having two separate leagues to operate under a similar purpose,” said Olympian Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla.

Also present during the launch were Yayoy Alcoseba and Willie Generalao, who represented the MVBA, Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino and Tito Palma of the NBC, Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno and Andrew Te, part of the organizing group.

The idea of a regional basketball tournament was first put to test by the Metropolitan Basketball Association in 1998. But the MBA crumbled five years later under the weight of excessive spending.

“We do not want to be hounded by mistakes of the past,” Eala said. “We do not want to commit the same follies.”

Although the league will start in the first quarter next year, several principles have already been agreed upon, among which is to curb expenditures.

Eala said a team in the new league will cost less than maintaining a Philippine Basketball League squad. In fact, running the league will cost less than half of what it takes to maintain a PBA squad for a year.

“I see it working on an annual budget of P10 to 12 million,” Eala said. “But I always try to find ways to cut costs so there’s a chance we can really, really go lower than that.”


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:20 pm 
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La Liga opens April 29

By Joel Orellana
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THE Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) is launching in April the Liga Pilipinas, a league that will feature teams from local government units.

The BAP-SBP has tentatively set April 29 as the opening of the tournament, which will be handled by former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Noli Eala.

BAP-SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio said they expect as many as 16 teams to join the tournament.

“A lot of provinces are signifying their intentions to join like Cebu wants to field two teams and Ilocos Sur, Pampanga and Baguio are very keen on forming their team,” said Gregorio.

“In fact, our BAP-SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan is also mulling to bankroll the Pampanga squad because he’s a Capampangan. Marami ngang naiinggit sa Pampanga because MVP is supporting the team,” he added.

The Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association and National Basketball Confederation have merged to form the core of the new basketball league.

Gregorio said they intend to discover new talent from the countryside through the Liga Pilipinas in as much the same way as what the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) did.

“The BAP-SBP believes that there are still many talents na hindi pa natin nata-tap. And this is the primary goal of this league—maghanap ng magagaling na basketball players sa buong bansa and provide them the experience they need through this Liga Pilipinas,” said Gregorio.

The BAP-SBP, Gregorio clarified, will not be competing with the PBA. In 1998 the MBA was formed through the backing of television giant ABS-CBN but folded up four years later because of funding woes.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:51 pm 
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Seems that it's not far as the defunct MBA format but i just hope that there will be no more
foreign players that don't even have a RP Passport.

But why limit the homegrown talents into a max of 8 players from a total of 14 man line-up,
wherein it should have been to develop players from grass root level. Most probably these
8 homegrown talents will become mere bench decors or reserves if the main players got injured.


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HELL YEH ! HELL YEH ! As long as there is no Manila then it will be better than the pba.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:29 am 
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Arfrod wrote:
Seems that it's not far as the defunct MBA format but i just hope that there will be no more
foreign players that don't even have a RP Passport.

But why limit the homegrown talents into a max of 8 players from a total of 14 man line-up,
wherein it should have been to develop players from grass root level. Most probably these
8 homegrown talents will become mere bench decors or reserves if the main players got injured.


You have a point Arfrod. However while Liga Pilipinas wishes to boost the development of talent from the grass root level, they also have to consider the quality of basketball for the league.

While the league would start on a very reasonable and conservative budget per team, it is important for the organizers to start also with some quality players (while balancing with the grass root objectives) so as to avoid the danger of becoming a mediocre league due to lack of quality players in its initial season.

The thing is 8 homegrown talents is way too far better than the defunct MBA which failed to promote strongly their local bred of players except maybe from the teams of Cebu, Negros and Pampanga who had more than half of their players have blood lineage for the province they represent.

Eight locally bred players out of 14 total players is I think fair enough for the league that needs to survive its marketability from quality players while at the same time preserving their grass roots objectives. Somehow, no matter how we wish to focus more on grass roots, the general welfare of the league has to be considered from which the concensus among team owners is mass appeal for marketability to be able to grow the league or yet to survive.


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meron nabang final list sa mga teams? atsaka yung mga pangalan nang mga teams? katuld din ba nung sa MBA yung name sa teams?


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kimertb wrote:
too bad, my hometown couldn't participate in this kind of league...
who would ever want to go to Cotabato City for a game of basketball? :(


though it's still possible bro, who knows hehe

i hope the organizers have learned from the mba mistake

go gems, ay wala pa palang mga pangalan :biglaugh:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:32 pm 
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wow good news for philippines basketball..

mainit na regionalistic competition na naman ito..

guys suggest tayo ng mga team names ala MBA..what i like na MBA team name nung sa MBA days was the Batangas Blades..hehehe


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I love the MBA kaya lang it did not survive long enough. Now here comes Liga Pilipinas and hope it will last for years. The NBA-like regional concept is the best. Mabuhay si Noli Eala!

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Any UV fans out there, I see that Berame is allready playing for Toyota. I heard that Luga and Mepana were to play for Harbour centre. What is the status on that?


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I hope there's a team from Bulacan.

Bulacan Paputoks!!! Yeah! :D

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