Decision time for NCAA


    THE NCAA is set to meet this Thursday and come up with a ruling over the eligibility issue of players who will opt to play in pro leagues via the special guest license from the Games and Amusements Board.

    “Ganito ang sitwasyon. Ang sabi ng ManCom, bakit daw nag-e-endorse ang GAB. Ang GAB ay hindi nag-e-endorse, ang totoo sinabi nga nila na wala silang jurisdiction sa amateur sports, so iyon ang isang pag-uusapan,” a highly reliable Malaya-Business Inside source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “Does the NCAA (need to) abide with the GAB-PSC joint resolution? Personally, I think wala ka namang magagawa kung hindi mag-abide, ‘di ba?”

    GAB chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra explained last Oct. 27 during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum webcast that in the absence of collegiate leagues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GAB has offered “special guest licenses” for student-athletes to enable them to have brief stints in pro leagues.

    University of the Philippines playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño suited up for Nueva Ecija in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup, a pro league, after he was given a special guest license. But this put to risk his remaining two years of eligibility for the Fighting Maroons in the UAAP.

    There were two NCAA member schools that asked if their players would be allowed to play in the Chooks-to-Go 3×3 tilt but chose not to push through with their plans and risk the players’ eligibility status.

    The source said he thinks the NCAA will allow its players to moonlight in the pros.

    “Hindi naman nila (GAB) pinakialaman ang NCAA. Ang idineklara nilang professional ay iyong mga liga na kapag naglaro iyong player mo doon, professional sila,” the source said.