August 7, 2007 7:53am CST
After four years of service, Noli Eala formally announced his resignation as the commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) due to personal problems. After being disbared by the Supreme Court last week after discovering his secret relationship with a woman aside from his wife, Eala said that his personal matters will surely affect his job as the PBA head. As the countdown to the 2007 Draft is ongoing, so is the countdown to the revelation of the new PBA Commissioner.
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12 Aug 07
Yeah, he contributed a lot during his tenure. Some of his plans he successfully did was the reunion match between the Crispa Redmanizers and the Toyota Tamaraws in 2003. He also revived the Invitational Conference the same year, but it did not quite drew attendance as it only resulted to only hundreds of patrons per gameday. He also succeeded in moving the league to ABC-5 from NBN-4. He also made the All-Star Game "NBA-like", North vs. South. The difference is that those players whose lineage and roots are traced in a Luzon city will play for the North, while players hailing from Visayas and Mindanao will represent the South. He as well revived the Ateneo-La Salle reunion match in 2005 in which the alumni of both the Blue Eagles and the Green Archers playing in the PBA teamed up with some of the present-day college superstars. It resulted to a jampacked Araneta Coliseum and a little rivalry between San Miguel's Enrico Villanueva, who played for Ateneo, and Coca-Cola's Joseph Yeo, a La Salle alumnus. He also gave discounts for those who want to see the games live. The price for a general admission ticket went to as low as PHP5.00, resulting to a better average gate attendance and some full capacity and even standing-room games, especially games involving Ginebra. Well, for the next "Kume", he must at least continue what former commissioners Jun Bernardino and Noli Eala did to the PBA.
10 Aug 07
i didn't know that Eala resigned his post. Well, it can only be called delicadeza after newspapers announced his disbarment and worse, the reason for it. What will he do now? He cannot practice his profession anymore/ appear in court or make representation as a lawyer because of his disbarment. He can engage in business, if isn't into one yet. or maybe a legal consultant. Whatever it is, for sure, it won't be anything that would put him in the public eye.