‘Special guest licenses’ explained

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    IN the absence of collegiate leagues due to the pandemic, the Games and Amusements Board has offered “special guest licenses” for student-athletes to enable them to have brief stints in professional leagues.

    GAB Chairman Abraham Mitra cited the case involving the Northern Consolidated basketball team, made up of the country’s finest amateurs, that was accommodated as a guest team in the PBA in 1984 and 1985 while it prepared to represent the country in international competitions.

    While Mitra is not looking at an entire collegiate or amateur team to be allowed to play in pro basketball leagues like the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 or even the PBA, he told Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association webcast Forum that individual players may do so.

    “Why not allow them to play in pro leagues as guest players? They can apply for a special pro license as individuals. It’s a (limited) accommodation if there are athletes in the UAAP or NCAA who want some exposure in the pro leagues,” he said.

    With a special license, the players could be tapped by pro teams as active players or practice players for a short and limited time. However, the players must have the blessing of their respective schools.

    “Baka gusto nila sumubok ng ibang liga and carry that experience when they return to the collegiate leagues,” Mitra said in the public sports forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. and powered by Smart, with Upstream Media as official webcast partner.