- Philippine Basketball League
Infobox sports league
logo=Philippine Basketball League logo.jpg
motto=Where the future begins
champion=Harbour Centre Batang Pier (V-Go Extreme Energy Drink Cup and Lipovitan Amino Sports Drink Cup)
website= [http://www.philippinebasketballleague.org/ PBL Official Website - The Philippine Basketball League] The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is a commercial semi-professional basketball league in the
Philippines. The league is composed of several commercial teams with several collegiate and provincial stars in the fold.
The PBL was formed on 1983, a brainchild of
San Miguel Corporationchairman Danding Cojuangco, under its original name the Philippine Amateur Basketball League (PABL). It was the successor of the defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association(MICAA), which folded during the early-1980s. During the inaugural PABL tournament, over 36 collegiate and commercial teams participated in the tournament that was played in the historic Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
The PABL became a breeding ground for future
Philippine Basketball Associationsuperstars Allan Caidic, Samboy Lim, Bong Alvarez, Alvin Patrimonio, Jojo Lastimosa and Benjie Paras. In the early days, the league even invited some foreign squads to beef up the tournament.
In the 1990s, the league was renamed as the Philippine Basketball League under Andy Jao, who would later return to the broadcasting panel of the PBA coverage on Vintage Sports. Jao's replacement, Charlie Favis later adopted a new theme, calling the PBL as the "faster league".
Yeng Guiaoreplaced Favis, when Guiao left the coaching ranks. The league gained early success with the dominance of the Tanduay Rhum Masters, the arrival of Eric Menkand Asi Taulava, and holding PBL games at the air-conditioned Makati Coliseum.
In 2000, former Vintage Sports commentator Chino Trinidad replaced Guiao, when the commissioner resigned to coach Red Bull in the
Philippine Basketball Association, the country professional basketball league. The PBL's popularity grew, inviting commercial teams bannered by a single collegiate teams and also gained a stable broadcast partner in Studio 23. This year, PBL broke away from Studio 23 and signed an agreement with cable channel Basketball TVto broadcast the games.
Trinidad is currently in his eighth year as commissioner.
*Bacchus Energy Drink Raiders
*Burger King Whoppers
*Hapee Toothpaste Complete Protectors
Harbour Centre Batang Pier
*Noosa Shoe Stars
*San Mig Coffee Kings
*Nokia-RP Youth Team (Guest)
Notable former members
*Sta. Lucia Realty
*Casino Rubbing Alcohol
*Stag Pale Pilsen/Tanduay/Colt 45
*Blu Star Detergent Kings
*AGFA Color/Batang Red Bull Energy Drink
*Wilkins Distilled Water
*Dr. J Rubbing Alcohol/ANA Water Dispenser
*Chowking/Shark Energy Kings/Cheese Balls Shark
*John O. Juzz
*Toyota Otis -
*Addict Mobile - Ateneo
*Pioneer Insurance - Ateneo
Air Philippines/Bacchus Energy Drink
*Welcoat Paintmasters / Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
*Montaña Pawnshop Jewels
*Granny Goose Tortillos - UP
*AMA (Computer College) - UST
*University of British Columbia Thunderbirds (1988)
Dazz 'Sang Patak Kitchen Specialists
Henkel Sista Super Sealers
Cebuana Lhuillier-Pera Padala Moneymen
Mail and More Comets
Beginning the 2007 season, the PBL games are seen on
Basketball TV(a channel of the Solar family of cable networks) after several years of being shown on UHFtelevision station Studio 23. Games are televised every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 5-9 pm Philippine time plus rebroadcasts on BTV in the wee hours of the morning. RPN also has a delayed telecast of Tuesday's second game, but has since moved to IBC-13 on Saturdays, beginning with the season-ending Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup.
Prior to BTV, previous broadcasters includes
ABS-CBN, People's Television Network (later National Broadcasting Network), Silverstar Sports, Solar Sportsand Vintage Television, as the games are usually put on airtime slots. With ABS-CBN, the league initially forged a deal in 2003 as a blocktimer, then in 2004 renewed ties to make ABS-CBN Sportsits official TV producer/coverer and Studio 23 its official carrying station of the games.
DZSR Sports Radio 918 kHz, a government station, has been airing the PBL games on radio since the start of the PABL back in the mid-1980s.
In 2002, the league opened its official website, [http://www.mypbl.com myPBL.com] , powered by E-Highway. In 2007, the website transferred to a new address at [http://www.philippinebasketballleague.org PhilippineBasketballLeague.org]
The PBL and the Philippine Basketball Association
Philippine Basketball Association, the premier basketball league in the country, has a special relationship with the PBL; several teams in the PBL are owned by companies also having PBA teams (such as San Miguel Corporation's PBL team is San Mig Coffee, with SMC also owning 3 PBA teams). The PBL is also one of the leagues where the PBA gets their players. Even quite a few successful PBL teams transferred to the PBA (although a system of promotion and relegationis not practiced in the Philippines), such as Purefoods, Red Bull and most recently Welcoat.
*Jose "Joe" Pavia (1983-1984)
*Mauricio "Moying" Martellino (1985-1988)
*Andy Jao (1989-1990)
*Gregorio "Ogie" Narvasa III (1991-1992)
*Philip Ella Juico (1993-1994)
*Charlie Favis (1994-1997)
*Joseller "Yeng" Guiao (1997-2000)
*Manolo "Chino" L. Trinidad (2000-Present).
List of Philippine Basketball League champions
Women's Philippine Basketball League
* [http://www.philippinebasketballleague.org philippinebasketballleague.org: PBL's Official Site]
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