30 July 2016

Did Pardo Just Confirmed Sale of Star Franchise?

Star Hotshots
Several news reports featured the stern denial of Star board governor Rene Pardo regarding rumors that the Purefoods franchise is up for sale.

"Wala, di totoo yun (Purefoods franchise up for sale). Hindi kami yun. Natatawa nga ako, nanghuhula yata sila eh," Pardo told FOX Sports last 29 July after the team's practice at Ronac gym, laughing off reports he read from another media outfit.

Pardo said such rumors, if given more attention, will only create insecurity within the team, which is currently at the bottom half of the PBA Governors Cup standings with its 1-2 card.

"Kasi kapag pinansin mo pa iyan, lalo pa lalaki yan, so it’s not worth our time and attention. In fact, di naman namin pinaguusapan iyan dito sa team," stressed Pardo.

However, for most Star and Purefoods long time followers, this denial is also some sort of confirmation. It will be recalled that in the same month last year Pardo assured the team’s solid fan base that multi-titled head coach Tim Cone isn't moving over to another PBA team when the pro league opens its 41st season last October 2015.

Pardo shot down rumors that Cone will be replaced in the aftermath of the Hotshots' failure to defend all three of their titles this season.

"Coach Tim has a nice, good and long contract with us, so kung ako ang tatanungin mo, eh under contract siya sa amin, so why replace him? We don’t have any reason to replace him because nanalo siya ng grand slam sa amin last season (2014)," Pardo told Philstar.com last 11 July 2015.

As many PBA followers know, history revealed that Cone was transferred to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and the rest that Pardo say were considered deflection of the trtuth.

Is the same thing happening this year? Pardo's next message is even ominous because he may have inadvertently revealed the exact date the Star Hotshots will be transferred to its new owners.

Pardo said that he will start discussing contract extensions with the players by September since several members led by veterans James Yap and Marc Pingris have expiring contracts.

Under the memorandum released by PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa recently, players whose contracts are set to expire on August 31 will get an automatic extension till October.

"Sa September ko na pagkakausapin ang mga iyan dahil extended naman lahat sila due to the memo of commissioner. Iyung tournament natin kasi till October kaya yung mage-expire ang contracts ng August 31, uusug na din ng October," he explained.

It appears that everyone will have to wait and see what happens in September.

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