NCAA, players in win-win situation

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    THE decision of the NCAA to allow its players to moonlight in the pros will only serve them in good stead.

    It’s a win-win situation for the league, players, and schools, according to a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight insider.

    “For one, mae-enhance iyong kanilang skills kasi ang kalaro mo doon, ang kalaban mo doon ay seasoned and veterans, mas matatanda sa’yo and may mas experience. Sila ang makikinabang doon at eventually iyong team nila sa school,” the insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “Number two, iyong allowance, it will be a big boost for them. It’s more of a win-win situation. Iyong bagong professional clubs, magpapatuloy iyong serbisyo sa kanila ng mga bata and at the same time, iyong mga bata, magma-mature sila sa sport kung saan sila naglalaro.”

    The NCAA announced last Friday that it will abide with the Games and Amusements Board’s “special guest licenses” for student-athletes to enable them 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, which just turned pro also last Friday.

    The insider admitted there was initially some resistance from the members of the Management Committee, but they eventually agreed since there are already established stars playing in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, Premier Volleyball League, and Philippine Superliga during the offseason.

    “Maganda naman ang reception ng schools. Existing naman kasi. Naglalaro talaga ang players namin doon (pro leagues), sinigurado lang namin na hindi sila maiipit kapag naglaro na sila doon kasi ‘di ba automatic na kapag pro na iyong league, pro na ang players, tama?” the insider said.