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Fajardo, Lee among 12 PBA ambassadors for EASL tiff

Delfin Dioquino
Fajardo, Lee among 12 PBA ambassadors for EASL tiff

STARS. Paul Lee and (left) and June Mar Fajardo will serve as faces of the PBA in the upcoming EASL season.

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The PBA has partnered with the East Asia Super League, which will launch its inaugural season where the top pro teams from the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan will tangle

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel star June Mar Fajardo and Magnolia ace Paul Lee lead the 12 PBA players who will serve as league ambassadors for the inaugural season of the East Asia Super League (EASL) next year.

The PBA named a player from each of its 12 teams who will act as faces of the league in the upcoming EASL season where the top professional clubs from the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan will vie for the $1 million grand prize.

Other players who were given the task as ambassadors include Barangay Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson, Phoenix’s Matthew Wright, TNT’s Roger Pogoy, and Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood.

Completing the list are Meralco’s Chris Newsome, NLEX’s Kevin Alas, NorthPort’s Kevin Ferrer, Alaska’s Jeron Teng, Blackwater’s Baser Amer, and Terrafirma’s Juami Tiongson.

The PBA included Ginebra’s Jared Dillinger as a special addition as the EASL promoted his videos documenting life inside the first-ever PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga last year.

“Bragging rights are on the line going up against Asia’s best clubs,” said Dillinger.

“The extra cherry on top is representing your country. It brings out your competitive nature and the pride of proving you’re better. EASL will bring people together.”

A total of eight teams – the champions and runners-up of the PBA, Korean Basketball League, and Japan B. League, the champion of Taiwan’s P. League, and the Bay Area Chun Yu Phoenixes – will tangle in the tournament that features a home-and-away format.

The EASL season will kick off in October 2022. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.