NLEX hopes to enter PBA, but far from easy
Manny V. Pangilinan-owned PBA D-League team NLEX wants to join the Philippine Basketball Association but is likely to face challenges in getting the PBA board's approval

MANILA, Philippines – PBA D-League team NLEX Road Warriors wants to apply to join the professional league in 2013.

According to an article on Spin.PH, the team owned by wealthy businessman Manny V. Pangilinan must first get the approval of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) board — at least three-fourths vote — in order to join the team.

But it is far from easy. Many board members who will be voting on NLEX’s application are from San Miguel Corporation — a rival group of MVP — which owns 3 teams in the PBA. An NLEX approval will mean MVP will be on equal footing with the SMC Group in terms of number of teams in the PBA. As it stands, MVP owns PBA teams Talk ‘N Text and Meralco Bolts.

Among the stars of NLEX are UAAP and NCAA standouts Ian Sangalang, RR Garcia and Garvo Lanete, as well as Ateneo’s Greg Slaughter.


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