PBA chair Romero proposes regional All-Star Week

Instead of the usual North vs. South game, the All-Star Game will now be a series of games pitting regional teams. (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--In another step to further market the PBA to the fans, board chairman Mikee Romero pushed for a mini-tournament during the All-Star Week in which players of a certain region will comprise one team.

Romero said during the league's annual pre-season meeting in Seoul, “For the All-Star, I want a regional theme. Ang point eh maka-connect ang regional fans sa All-Star event,” paving the way for him to propose the regional games, an upgrade from the traditional North vs. South All-Star Game theme.

In the initial proposal, Pampanga-based players will form one All-Star team, and same goes for players hailing from the Ilocos and Bicol regions, Visayas, Mindanao, and even the players with foreign descent.

“That’s the concept. Assignment ni Commissioner Chito Narvasa ang final set-up,” Romero continued.

Meanwhile, he also said that the PBA will also push through with its plans to expand the D-League to the south with the Visayas and the Mindanao tournaments.

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