Filsports caging set to open November

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


BASKETBALL remains the Philippines’ No.1 sports as another league is scheduled for launching this coming November – the FBA Unity Games.

FilSports Basketball Association Inc. (FBA) founder LJ Serrano disclosed this during an interview on Sunday over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo Bacolod.

Serrano stressed that FBA, which was registered last year, intends to promote the development of professionalism in basketball in the Philippines.

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“We want to establish and maintain an association of professional basketball teams with the highest international standard, placing greater focus on grassroots development and growth of the sport on the regional level. We are highlighting local support of followers and enthusiasts, and encouraging wider participation in the games by uplifting local basketball players, referees, coaches and officials,” he said.

“Through FBA, we also would like to provide a fair system of compensation and incentives based on performance, ability and skill in the best spirit of sportsmanship,” he added.

Serrano noted that this league will be national in scope and coverage, yet local in fan base and developmental reach – that eventually would give back to their communities by acting as true agents of change and development by providing livelihood opportunities and boosting national awareness of their sources of regional pride and rich local heritage.

“As a start, FBA’s league will feature 8 to 12 teams representing various cities and provinces throughout the country and will be telecast nationwide on TV and radio through the facilities of our exclusive broadcast partners,” he said.

Asked how they will go about the PBA as the country’s top league, Serrano said that he has already talked to PBA Commissioner Chito Salud about their plan in FBA.

“PBA is not our competitor. They are our partner in basketball development. FBA is more of an amateur league and will be the seedbed of future basketball talents in the country,” he explained. “But, we will also impose contracts on our players to safeguard their respective teams and the league.”

Several teams have already confirmed to join the inaugural tournament which will have former PBA cager Vince Hizon as FBA commissioner.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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