I’ve been hanging around Pinoy Message Boards long enough to know that there have been a couple of “What’s-wrong-with-the-PBA” thead that has been posted around in the past. And am willing to bet, there will be more similar types of threads that will be posted in the near future.
In fact, what I’m doing, is simply putting my comments on the subject on my webpage so that a couple of months down the road, when the question gets to be asked again, I’m just gonna put a link as my comments.
This subject has been analyzed and discussed to death. The answers are already there, it’s just that the PBA chose to ignore them.
Has actions been taken to try to improve the league? Yes, they have. But these are mainly TOKEN actions. All we see are cheap publicity stunts, like allowing the players to model around in malls.
Sure, they replaced the previous Commissioner too identified with Danding C., but unfortunately, the guy they replaced him with is a jerk who once insisted on National TV that Eric Menk will pulverize Bateer Menky in the Asian games.
There hasn’t really been CONCRETE ACTIONS that were done. What are these concrete actions, then?
For me, it should be:
a) Switch to a community-based format. I read a lot of people talk about the need for the league to connect with it’s fans. I can’t think of a better way for the PBA to establish a connection with fans than having a group of people come up with a team they can truly call their own, instead of some impersonal corporate entity.
b) Increased exposure in international competitions. Enough of this “the PBA is the best” bullshi_. It’s not, period. Let’s stop this isolation from the rest of the world, and go in and try to give our players a much better standard to live up to. This can only be done by constant competition with the rest of the world.
But then, there are a couple of reasons I can think of as to why the PBA hasn’t done these things yet inspite of these answers right there in front of their faces for some time now.
a) Pride. Community-based format on a large scale was pioneered by the now defunct MBA, and throughout it’s existence, the PBA has done nothing but to try to put that league down. Despite the fact that it is now in increasingly desperate situation, I guess things aren’t that desperate enough yet for them to swallow their pride and admit that a community-based format is better than what they have right now. I guess we’ll just have to wait a little longer, then.
b) Unwillingness to make sacrifices. For the PBA, the actions that needed to be done just disrupts too much the status quo. It doesn’t jibe with THEY want.
First, regarding that community-based format. Right now, the PBA cites “costs” as the main reason for not adopting it. I think it’s bullshi_. If there’s a will, there’s a way. If there’s no will, then there’s no way. Costs can be minimalized by locating the teams in Metro Manila and outlying provinces. Farther areas can be integrated later, when the league becomes more successful.
Second, they cite “schedule disruptions” as the reason for not allowing their players to compete in international competitions on a regular basis. Yeah, right, as if that were such an insurmountable problem.
c) False sense of security. In the minds of the people behind the PBA, they probably subscribe to the theory that, since there are no other sport which Pinoys have entertained as much as basketball until now, then the way they see it, no matter how shi__y their product is, Pinoys won’t have any choice but to go back to watching basketball since there are no alternatives.
They’re probably thinking, “sure, y’all can complain all you want now, but sooner or later, you’re gonna miss basketball, and you’ll be running all the way back to our mediocre arms. Ha-ha-ha”.
Or so they thought. Am betting that they will be in for a very, very big surprise if they keep entertaining that thought.
They have to be force-fed
The PBA won’t take the actions that are needed to improve the league unless they are put in a position where they have no choice but to try them out. They have to be FORCED into taking such actions. Otherwise, they are just going to continue tolerating the mediocre brand of play they keep dishing out.
So am just gonna sit back, and wait. I just hope for them that, when the time comes such that the situation for them becomes dire enough, it won’t be too late, and that the actions they are going to take will still be enough to turn the league around.