NCAA resumes talks on player eligibility


    PLAY-FOR-PAY student-athletes?

    That’s one pressing issue the NCAA Management Committee is expected to tackle anew today after officials failed to discuss the matter thoroughly in their meeting last Tuesday, according to a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source.

    “Hindi na-discuss thoroughly (last Tuesday), na-reset tomorrow (today). Tama naman iyong sinabi niya (GAB chairman Baham Mitra) na nagbigay siya ng exception, but it’s up to the individual leagues to decide kasi ang eligibility ay nasa liga,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “Wala naman si GAB doon. Ang kailangan, mag-agree muna iyong members ng liga kung tatanggapin nila iyong ganoong klaseng classification,” the source added.

    Games and Amusements Board chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra explained last Tuesday 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 ace 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 granted a special guest license from the GAB, and put to risk his remaining two years of eligibility for the Fighting Maroons.
    There were also two NCAA member schools that asked if their players could be allowed to

    play in the Chooks-to-Go 3×3 tilt but opted not to push through with their plans and risk the players’ eligibility status.

    The source, a ManCom representative, said if his opinion would be asked, he is in favor of allowing players to play in pro leagues but they will have to be monitored closely.

    “I cannot speak for them (other ManCom members), but for myself, ako pabor ako doon kasi nga, hindi mo mai-aalis iyon kasi nga nandiyan iyong MPBL, NBL, iyong ibang liga na source of income naman ng mga bata iyan,” the source explained.