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NBL, WNBL plan to turn pro

The NBL could become fully pro soon. NBL (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--On one hand, a regional league looks to follow in the footsteps of the MBA.

On another, Philippine women's basketball could finally get a professional league.

The National Basketball League and its female counterpart, the Women's National Basketball League, have made their intent of turning professional.

Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra confirmed the development to Dugout Philippines on Tuesday.

"We have already met and they submitted their application to GAB already," Mitra said in a text message.

The NBL, with its third season on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is well known for having its member teams consisting of homegrown talents.

On the other hand, the WNBL, which was launched just last year, became an avenue for female basketball players to continue their career after they graduated from college.

Once cleared, the NBL will become the second active professional men's basketball league aside from the PBA, while the WNBL will formally become the first professional women's basketball league in the country.

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