Officiating, fans on top of Marcial’s priorities

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao to Ancajas: Good job OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWillie Marcial, who rose from the ranks to become the 10th commissioner of Asia’s first professional basketball league, yesterday said he will focus on bringing in more fans, improving officiating and unifying the PBA board.For starters, he’s called on players to become more attentive to fans’ needs.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES A former league statistician and floor director for television coveror Vintage, Marcial said the league is open to holding games outside the country.“It depends on the promoters really. We have offers from Dubai, Saudi Arabia and the US,” said Marcial.Marcial said he has been getting lot of advice after getting the unanimous nod of the board, headed by Ricky Vargas, to replace Chito Narvasa, who quit his post following an uproar from some board members due to a controversial decision in the last PBA Draft.Marcial was initially appointed as officer in charge before Vargas and the board decided that Marcial could help unify the board. He was given a three-year tenure.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “I told them to approach and shake hands with the fans,” said Marcial. “I know that there are teams teaching their players the proper way to deal with the fans.”And to show he’s serious about improving the quality of games, Marcial suspended several officials involved in Barangay Ginebra’s 100-96 win over San Miguel Beer over the weekend after the endgame free-throw confusion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLow-key and known for his hands-on approach, Marcial told reporters at the weekly PSA Forum at Tapa King Wednesday that he’s working to improve the league’s standing with its audience.“I’m not going to promise anything but do my very best to continue making the league successful,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img

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