IN the recent MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup, the Commissioner’s Office has implemented a ruling regarding Protect 9, to allow existing teams to keep the core of the franchise in time for the expansion.
But how can teams use such ruling?
The Protect 9, according to league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes, applies only to players who are under contract.
Players who previously played for the Parañaque Patriots transferred to different teams in the off season. Juneric Baloria and Daniel de Guzman went to expansion team Pampanga Lanterns and Gab Dagonon moved to the Bataan Risers.
So when Parañaque cried foul during Wednesday night’s presentation of all participating teams in the MPBL, Commissioner Duremdes quickly stepped in and gave light on how the Protect 9 could be exercised.
“Nagkaroon kami ng problema tungkol dyan (Protect 9) dahil ang nangyari, the least we wanted to experience is nagkakasulutan ng players just because yung isang team maraming pera. Ang nagyari yung player bigla na lang magti-text kay team owner ‘sorry po, kinukuha na ako ng Pampanga’. I’m quite slighted with the behavior of the Pampanga team,” said team owner Councilor Joan Villafuerte of the Parañaque Patriots. “That’s very unethical na tayo-tayo nagsusulutan ng players. Dapat mayroon tayong clear and strong guidelines on Protect 9.”
Commissioner Duremdes, however, explained the team’s ruling on Protect 9.
“With regards doon sa Protect 9 natin, I think nagpadala na kami ng guidelines niyan before. Kaya tayo naglagay ng Protect 9 dahil may mga expansion teams. The Protect 9 stays unless yung players mayroon siyang existing contract or offer from his mother team within 10 days upon doon sa pinadala nating notice,” added Duremdes. “Tanong ko rin naman sa inyong mga team owners, mayroon ba kayong existing contracts with the players before? Did you offer them a contract in the first conference or did they have any contract with you?.”
According to Councilor Villafuerte, they don’t have contract with their players, but they did list the names of players on the Protect 9.
“Yung mga pinakamagagaling na players namin nilagay namin sa list. Tapos bigla may second notice na mayroon tayong amendment dahil dyan sa Protect 9. Dapat, before May 4, may kontrata na. Ang sa amin, medyo blinded kaming mga team owners. Paano ba namin gagawin yung kontrata? Hanggang kailan ba yung league?
But Duremdes clarified that 10 days of notice for team owners to give their players an offer or sign them up is enough
“Automatically, kapag wala siyang contract pagbigay ng notice sa inyo within 10 days, kailangan may offer si player. Hindi naman siya makakaalis kung mayroon siyang existing contract,” added Duremdes. “Ten days is enough to negotiate with players.”