WITH the league still on a break, PBA officials are taking the opportunity to visit Japan league counterparts for the continuation of ongoing talks with regards enhancing ties of friendship and partnership.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial and chairman Ricky Vargas lead the initial PBA group flying to Tokyo Wednesday as they're set for a separate meeting with honchos of the leading team in the Japan B. League.
Vice chairman Bobby Rosales of Terrafirma, SMC sports chief Alfrancis Chua and Erick Arejola of NorthPort will be with the group along with PBA deputy commissioner Eric Castro, legal counsel Melvin Mendoza, finance officer Odessa Encarnacion and social media head Mich Flores.
Governors Robert Non of San Miguel Beer, Rene Pardo of Magnolia, Rod Franco of NLEX, Bill Pamintuan of Meralco, Chito Salud of Converge, Raymond Zorrilla of Phoenix and Silliman Sy of Blackwater depart Thursday. Rain or Shine's Mert Mondragon can't join due to a prior commitment.
"Ongoing ang talks namin sa kanila. During the EASL conference in Manila, the Japanese league officials visited us. Kami naman ang dadalaw sa kanila ngayon," said Marcial.
"Matagal na kaming naguusap even before Kiefer (Ravena) signed with his B. League team. Gusto namin patibayin yung friendship and partnership namin. Naghahanap din kami ng iba pang areas para pagandahin ang relationship, kagaya ng usapin tungkol sa technology at system," Marcial added.
"This is another meet-and-greet session. Gusto namin palalimin ang pagkakaibigan sa kanila." (SB)