MANILA — Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) commissioner Kenneth Duremdes on Saturday said the league has opened its doors wide open for its invitational edition as it welcomes collegiate players and Fil-foreigners in the special edition.
The invitational tournament is coming off the wraps in December 11, 2021, at the Mall of Asia Arena where Duremdes expects a live but limited audience as may be granted by the local government unit of Pasay and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19..
Duremdes explained collegiate players can suit up for MPBL teams provided they have a “special guest license” (SGL) from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB).
The SGL would allow them to revert back to their amateur status after the invitational to allow them to go back to their respective teams in the UAAP and NCAA.
It was gathered that the MPBL is greatly considering into turning a full-fledged professional sometime next year.
“Doon sa mga college players natin, I think GAB is ready to give them SGL. ‘Yung nilalabas ni GAB na special guest license, for those who are in college and those who are with the national team,” Duremdes told the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.
“So ready sila diyan, nagi-issue sila niyan… As per GAB, covered ang mga amateur players doon, which is the collegiate players, and national athletes natin. So I don’t think na magkaka-problema pagdating diyan,” Duremdes added.
Before, the MPBL also bars Fil-foreigners over 6-foot-5 from in the league but this time the rule shall not apply to fit in the true essence of an invitational tourney.
Duremdes said a Fil-foreigner only needs to have a Philippine passport in order to be eligible to play in the league. (ai/mtvn)