The fledgling Philippines Football League (PFL) has completed the process of professionalizing its ranks after the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has issued the permit and professional licenses on Tuesday.
With this development, PFL will now be regulated by the board formally classifying it as a professional sport along with basketball, horse racing, boxing and mixed martial arts to name a few.
GAB’s officers led by Chairman Abraham Khalil Mitra and Commissioners Fritz Gaston and Eduard Trinidad were on hand during the awarding of licenses with PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta and PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes graced the occasion representing the Philippine Football Federation.
Almost all PFL teams were represented, with a club official and a player from each, to receive their certificates of recognition and their respective player & staff licenses from the board.
GAB’s function will be mainly as a supervisory government entity to ensure the integrity of professional sports and prevent corruption in the form of match-fixing and other organized illegal gambling.
The board will also have the authority to examine financial records and of accounts of the league and the clubs affiliated with it to ensure transparency and fair-trade in a sporting sense.
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