Tuesday, 29 March 2011

PBA to look into transfer of Baraco Bull franchise to Phoenix Fuel

Posted by chardyboy on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 0 comments

source: By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines -- The Board of governors of the Philippine Basketball Association will thresh out the proposed transfer of the Barako Bull franchise to Phoenix Fuel on Tuesday.

At least seven of the 10 governors have to agree on the proposed sale of the franchise of Red Bull, which had notified the league of its decision to leave for good starting with the Governor’s Cup in the next conference.

Barako Bull opted out of the current Commissioner’s Cup with its slot taken over by the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national five.

The board will also tackle the terms of reference for the bidding of a new television contract for the league’s 37th season which will start in September.

Solar TV had informed the PBA that it would not renew its contract after its expiration in June. The games of the Commissioner’s Cup are being aired on Channel 23 of ABS-CBN.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Chito Salud upheld on Monday the flagrant foul 2 slapped on Alaska import LD Williams, which entailed a one-game suspension and a fine of P20,000.

Williams claimed to have accidentally hit Meralco’s Mac Cardona with an elbow to the face in the Aces-Bolts game last Saturday, which Alaska won in overtime, 104-101.

“I’m standing by the infraction that was called [on Williams],” said Salud. “He did swing his elbow against the face of Cardona.

“He knew and sensed where Cardona was and extended his elbow. It was an illegal act, which was both excessive and unnecessary.”

Apart from Williams, Salud also found Alaska coach Tim Cone, his deputy Joel Banal, Meralco team manager Virgil Villavicencio and Sol Mercado guilty of breaching league rules when they confronted technical and game officials.

Salud fined Cone P21,000 for entering the court and approaching the table officials, Banal P10,000 for doing the same and Villavicencio and Mercado P20,000 each for accosting the referees after the game.

“There was a breach of protocol on their part,” said Salud. “The rule says no member of the team can approach the referees and technical officials during and after the game.”

The total fine worth P91,000 will go straight to the PBA Players’ Trust Fund.


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