Editorial: A rebooted BBEAL-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
JUST as promised, the opening of the 27th Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League season opened with a bang.
University of the Cordilleras is hosting the 10-school conclave with 15 sporting events spanned for two semesters.
Spectators, different school officials, and other guests witnessed a not so ho-hum opening signaling a new age for the region's largest collegiate sporting event.
With a theme “Reboot,” the opening program itself according to BBEAL officials will try to give a fresh outlook for the more than two-decade league.
The league indeed is trying to rebrand its value to the masses and hopes to elevate the organization at par with the UAAP and the NCAA.
It's the time of the year when school spirit lives on but the BBEAL for how many years has existed failed to attract audience during its games.
At times, basketball games and even volleyball matches have always been a lopsided meet making spectators and audiences shun away watching the BBEAL.
Both sports are indeed among the popular ones in the country and to think the country recently made making their way to the FIBA world cup is an indication our nation's national sport, remains to be basketball.
Balance among team, and proper scheduling of games must always be the number one consideration for BBEAL officials if they want to see the league prosper to someday be in the league of UAAP and NCAA.
The season for the BBEAL is still a long way to go with games officially starting Saturday while other events have yet to open later this week.
With UC hosting the affair and revolutionizing an opening program where every viewer was awed, the next opening of the BBEAL must also be at par, if not surpass, the expectations of those who will witness the event.
It will be a big challenge and it will take more than a year to prepare. BBEAL has already made a reboot, and it sure worked for the host.
The 27-year-old league must continue the new age it wishes to start. Don't let the reboot be shut down.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 19, 2013.