Newly-formed Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) Chairman Buddy Encarnado clarified that PCBL is not created to compete with existing leagues but to give other players a chance to resurrect their basketball career.
“Let me start, there are many young players today at the age of 25 to 27 are now being called ex-pro,” Encarnado, a former Philippine Basketball Association chairman, told The Manila Times on Sunday during interview. “We are here to help them resurrect their respective careers.”
“We are not here to compete with other leagues but we are here to revive the glory days of commercial basketball. We are here to carve our niche as transitory league for amateurs aspiring to make the pro league. The words are to augment and compliment the need of basketball,” he added.
Most leagues, according to Encarnado, are school-based where graduated players are not allowed to play anymore while the PBA Developmental League is being held only in six months.
“There are many players now who thanked us for creating this league. We are giving them a second chance,” he said. “There are many players that need a job to feed their family and PCBL is the right avenue.”
The PCBL will be aired on Aksyon TV.
Encarnado also explained that the age limit of the players are only 33 below while the minimum income of players is P 15,000 a month and maximum is P 40,000.
The eight teams in the PCBL are Sta. Lucia Realty, Racal Cama Motors, Euro-Med, Supremo Lex, Jumbo Plastic, Cagayan Rising Suns, Foton Toplander and Caida Tile Masters.
The newly formed league is also tasked by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to form the national team for Southeast Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship.
“We are already given recognition and we’re honored,” said the long time official of Sta. Lucia Realty.