‘Difficult, rewarding’

first_imgView comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title That eased the challenges he faced in the first year.Among them, was the continued perception of dwindling interest in the league, a topic that resurfaces each time a playdate is filled with empty seats.That, and other problems, will continue to hound the league next year, but Marcial said having a united board would make finding solutions easier.“Having a united board behind you was a big help. I wouldn’t have made it to the end of the year of not for the PBA board,” he said.Marcial pointed out that his hardest challenge was—and continues to be—how to improve officiating.“On one hand, referees are humans. They make and will make mistakes. But on the other hand, the lifeline of the PBA is its fans and fans have to be happy with the way games are called,” Marcial said.“It’s really difficult but I believe we’ve done our best to find ways to improve officiating,” he added. “And we will never stop improving.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “But those challenges also made it rewarding.”He refuses to officially call it a year just yet, even as the recent Rookie Draft should have technically signaled the start of his second season. There are still a couple of things to sort out before he can focus on his second year as commissioner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThere is the looming trade that would send star big man JP Erram from Blackwater to NLEX, a deal which has been sent back to the teams for revision and will be inspected again next week before it can be approved by the commissioner’s office.And then there is the growing concern over players going Awol, which have sometimes resulted in trades. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Willie Marcial addresses the crowd during the Rookie Draft. —Sherwin VerdeleonHis voice raspy after battling fever in the 40s due to a viral respiratory infection, Willie Marcial took a deep breath before taking a look back at the year that was.“It was difficult, very difficult,” said the PBA commissioner in Filipino at the end of his first year at the helm of the pro league. “There were so many challenges.”ADVERTISEMENT Alab PH ends year with a bang, nips Singapore Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We’re looking into that already,” Marcial said. “It’s a concern, especially when it seems that players and teams can’t agree on something. But the board is going to put things in place to prevent more of this from happening in the future.”Among the players who have gone Awol are Calvin Abueva, who was immediately traded by Alaska to Phoenix, and Raymond Almazan, who had a falling out with Rain or Shine management before they sorted out their problems.Marcial was appointed commissioner of the league and was generally seen as a “healing commissioner” at a time when a divided board looked headed for an impasse that would have affected the opening of last season.Marcial, who started out with the television outfit that used to cover the PBA, Vintage Sports, worked his way up the league’s ladder before finally landing the top spot.“That was my advantage the whole year,” he said. “I know almost everybody in the league so when it came to making tough decisions, it was easy to talk to officials.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img

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