03 October 2014

What to Expect in the 40th PBA Season?

PBA Board of Governors
What do we know so far in the upcoming 2014-2015 season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)?

There are now 12 teams. There will still be 3 conferences. The league will be playing games for 10 months. The season officially starts of 19 October 2014 and end on 7 August 2015. Also, there will be at least four games a week, sometimes five, when out-of-town games are slated on Saturdays.

These are just some of the things that league’s board of governors unanimously approved during their annual meeting before the season starts in Korea.

After the Philippine Cup—the most prestigious title staked every year—the import-flavored Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups will be played where imports of unlimited height will be allowed for the tail-ending four teams.

The handicapping system for the Commissioner’s Cup will be determined after the elimination round standings of the Philippine Cup where the bottom four teams can enlist reinforcements of unlimited height.

The top eight teams will get imports standing no more than 6-foot-9.

In the Governors' Cup, the combined standings of the top eight teams in the Philippine and Commissioner's Cups will mean imports standing no taller than 6-5, with the last four allowed reinforcements of unlimited height.

KIA Motors and Blackwater Elite, the two expansion teams, will slug it out in the first game of a regular double-header at the 50,000-seat Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on opening day.

Talk ‘N Text, which chair Patrick Gregorio represents in the board, also sees action against crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra in the second game.

"It’s going to be an exciting season with the league celebrating a milestone, it’s 40th season," Gregorio said after the meeting at Gangnam Ambassador Novotel here.

Also on tap is the naming of the next 15 greatest players that will complete the league’s Top 40 on April 8.

All 12 teams were represented with owner Dioceldo Sy, Silliman Sy and alternate member Wilbert Loa attending for Blackwater and Ginia Domingo representing KIA Motors.

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