02 August 2017

PBA Giving SMC Teams Free Pass During FIBA Games ... Again

PBA Free Pass
Just like what was reported on this site a few weeks ago, the PBA is obviously favoring all three teams of the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) in the ongoing Governor's Cup.

During the schedule of games for the eliminations that will coincide with Gilas Pilipinas' campaign in the FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon, San Miguel, defending champion Barangay Ginebra, Star, have no scheduled games. They were given a free pass because their main players, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Jio Jalalon will not be playing with them.

PBA communications and external affairs head Willie Marcial said all members of the board were notified of the schedule before it was finalized and made public.

"Approved ng board 'yun. Lahat yun dumaan at nakita nila bago namin i-finalize yan," said Marcial.

The controversial schedule of games came into light when fans noticed that without Fajardo, San Miguel's attempt for the rare Grand Slam will be in jeopardy. Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra's and Star's chances to help San Miguel will likewise be slim if they cannot give the flagship team help in the playoffs.

In contrast, teams such as GlobalPort (Terrence Romeo), Rain or Shine (Raymond Almazan and Gabe Norwood), and Phoenix (Matthew Wright), will have two games each during that same stretch. Again Two Games without their star players!

Marcial pointed out Ginebra has a game against NLEX on August 5 in Calasiao, Pangasinan, while San Miguel figures in a big game against Star on August 4, or days before the Fiba Asia Cup kicks off. Also scheduled on August 4 is the game between Alaska and TnT Katropa.

However, Marcial failed to point out, as expected, that those games were before the FIBA games. Moreover, Marcial tried to justify the schedule by adding: "Tatamaan din yung mga games na yun kasi magta-travel pa 'yung Gilas to Lebanon ahead of the tournament, " he said. "And alam ko gusto ng team na maagang umalis dito."

Marcial also pointed out the league has decided not to hold games in two straight Wednesdays (August 9 and 16) to give way to the national team's campaign.

Nice try, but we don't buy it.

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