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Dangerous precedents


I THOUGHT I had  seen it all but this seems to have taken the cake…

I was looking forward to watching this season’s UAAP games because I felt  that it’s still the best  collegiate league around, producing quality games at a high standard.

However, as early as last year I already told some people at the executive board my feelings on the quality and inconsistency of  the officiating.

I suggested that there should be a better management team to run the league.  This can only be achieved if there is a continuity in the commissioner’s office for longer than one year.  The system of changing the commissioner every year will prevent this from ever happening.

Furthermore, I  was taken aback  when I learned that some players were being suspended without proper due process.

What we see here happening is a first in Philippine basketball, wherein the commissioner’s office has the power to suspend players after the game without having the referee call the incident during the game.  They should learn from the PBA, where players are given due process before they are suspended.

If this continues, it would  be encouraging players to overreact on physical contact  so that the other player will be suspended. This is called “flopping.”  In the NBA there are penalties called for flopping.

Also, with the quality of officiating that we now have, it will be more difficult for referees to determine the truth of what really happened.

It’s a pity because the league is now coming into the finals with these precedents being allowed to take place.

If this issue is not addressed,  it may be tantamount to giving the commissioner’s office disproportionate  power in determining the  league’s champion for the year.

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  • jus_sayinagain

    Have you forgotten? How many Championships were decided by the UAAP Board in the past? I can remember several.

    Suspending players when the Commish “SAYS SO” is just another power trip the UAAP Board of Inconsistencies and Unfair Play implements “for the best interest of the league” which I take to mean commercial success and “to level the playing field” when certain favored teams do not do quite as well.

    Here’s a suggestion….the refs should no longer remain close to being anonymous. Sure they are sometimes mentioned during the course of the game, or called out by clowns like Boom when they feel like.

    Everybody should know as much as possible about all the refs in the league. They should be just as media-hyped as the players and coaches. Dick once said….”the reason I always talk about the refs is that faceless referees are easier to buy, they have no stake in the league”.

    I still remember Joe Obias, Igmidio Cahanding and Dr. Cruz very well.

  • markus32



    This is so TRUE on so many levels…. I hope they give acting awards right after each game…

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