THE door remains shut on athletes in the UAAP aiming to moonlight in the pros.
League executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the UAAP will not abide by the special guest player license given by the Games and Amusements Board, for now.
“At the moment, in the eyes of the UAAP for as long as any league is sanctioned by GAB, we consider it as a professional league,” Saguisag said at a virtual press conference last week.
“Any athlete that participates therein will be considered a professional athlete which makes him/her ineligible to participate in the UAAP which is an amateur league,” he added.
Saguisag, however, said its stand on the issue could still change for the benefit of its athletes.
“We remain dynamic, the league is dynamic, and we continue to listen and observe the changes nationally and internationally on what would be best for the student-athlete,” said Saguisag.
“If makakabuti sa kanila, there’s no stopping us from changing our policy.”
University of the Philippines ace playmaker Juan Gomez de Liaño played for Nueva Ecija in the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup last October. But this put to risk his remaining two years of eligibility for the Fighting Maroons.
The GAB-Philippine Sports Commission resolution will enable amateurs to have brief stints in pro leagues such as the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3, National Basketball League, Women’s National Basketball League, and Premier Volleyball League.
The cancellation of the 83rd season marked the first time the UAAP called off a season since World War II from 1941 to 1946.
The league also cancelled the remainder of the 82nd season last April at the start of the government-imposed lockdown to curb the spread of the lethal virus and initially planned last June to have a full calendar next year.