A second basketball league in the Philippines has joined the ranks of the professional circuit.
On Thursday, the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) gave their stamp of approval for the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) to transition into the professional ranks.
Abraham Mitra, chair of the GAB, believes that one of the most significant things to occur in the agency over the course of the past few years is the transition of the MPBL into a professional league.
“Because of our tenacity and tolerance, we have finally arrived at our destination. We have returned with the assistance of our business partner, Chooks-to-Go, and under the direction of GAB “announced league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.
In the meantime, Mitra refreshed the players’ memories on their responsibilities as professional athletes.
According to the statement made by the GAB commissioner, “We just want to remind people that we will not allow any game-fixing.” “Alam natin ang ‘yan nakakasira sa ating laro. You are required to distance oneself from any involvement in game-fixing or point-shaving, as stated in the code of conduct for the organization.”
[ “We are aware that it makes our game impossible to play. You are required to distance oneself from any involvement in game-fixing or point-shaving, as this requirement is outlined in the code of conduct “]
Daniel de Guzman, who was set to play for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA 3×3 but was earlier sanctioned by GAB because of charges of game-fixing, was not allowed to play. In addition, the sports agency imposed punishments on the VisMin Super Cup as a result of allegations of match-fixing that occurred during one of the competition’s matches.
In April, prosecutors said that they intend to pursue criminal charges against 17 individuals for alleged match-fixing that occurred during the 2019 season of the MPBL.
The first tournament that the MPBL will host as a professional league will be the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Invitational Tournament, which will take place from December 11 to December 23. The competition will feature a total of 22 teams, each of which will be competing for a chance to win P2 million.
In November of 2016, the MPBL announced that it will modify its eligibility requirements on Fil-foreign players once those players turned professional.
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