Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League

Summary

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is a men's professional basketball league in the Philippines.

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)
Most recent season or competition:
2022–23 MPBL season
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SportBasketball
FoundedAugust 29, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-08-29)
FounderManny Pacquiao
Inaugural season2018
COOZaldy Realubit
CommissionerKenneth Duremdes
MottoAng Liga Ng Bawat Pilipino
(transl. The League of Every Filipino)
No. of teams22
CountryPhilippines
HeadquartersPasig, Philippines
ContinentFIBA Asia (Asia)
Most recent
champion(s)
Basilan Jumbo Plastic
(1st title)
Most titles4 teams
(1 title each)

HistoryEdit

Manny Pacquiao launched the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League on August 29, 2017, starting off as a semi-professional league.[1][2] According to Pacquiao, the league is not intended to be a competitor to the Philippine Basketball Association, the country's top professional basketball league. The MPBL was intended to feature both a regional commercial and barangay-level league with teams on the commercial side to have a home locality in addition to a corporate sponsor.[3]

In the first months, the league hosted teams from Luzon with future plans to expand to accommodate teams based in Visayas and Mindanao like the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association. It is planned that an expanded MPBL will have two conferences, North and South, where the best teams from both divisions will face in the finals similar to the format of the National Basketball Association of the United States.[3]

The league was planned to start as early as September 23, 2017 with at least six teams.[4] A pre-season was held with the Bulacan Kuyas finishing as champions.[5]

The inaugural cup of the MPBL, the Anta Rajah Cup commenced on January 25, 2018, and was participated in by ten teams.[6] In the opening game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the Parañaque Patriots secured a 70–60 victory over the Caloocan Supremos.[7] The first tournament ran until April 19, 2018, where the Batangas City Athletics crowned as the league's first-ever champion.

After its inaugural cup, the 2018 Anta Rajah Cup, the MPBL had expanded its roster of teams to 26. All teams are expected to play in the next cup. After the ten expansion teams were admitted into the league, it closed its doors for new applicants from Luzon. This was done to leave room for future Visayas and Mindanao teams. A meeting in Cebu was held on April 28 for potential Visayas and Mindanao teams.[8] Davao Occidental Tigers became the first MPBL team from the Visayas-Mindanao region.

In December 2019, Chooks-to-Go of Bounty Agro Ventures became the title sponsor of the league under a five-year deal.[9] The 2019–20 season was postponed on March 12, 2020, after the second game of the Division Finals, but resumed play for the game threes of the Division Finals on March 10, 2021, almost exactly a year after, when it announced the resumption through a bubble in Subic.[10] With this, the 2020–21 season was also cancelled altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] In October 2021, Chooks-to-Go took over the operations of the league.[9]

On November 9, 2021, it was announced that the MPBL will turn into a professional league. They have also lift the restrictions for Fil-foreign and ex-professional players.[12] On December 9, 2021, the MPBL was granted professional status by the Games and Amusements Board.[13]

TeamsEdit

The MPBL originated with 10 charter teams on its inaugural season. After its first successful season, it attracted a lot of teams across the Philippines to join.

Inaugural map:

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Greater Metro Manila (NCR) and Cavite MPBL Teams

Current teamsEdit

Team Locality Main sponsor Arena Capacity Founded Joined Head coach
Northern Division
1Bataan Risers - Camaya Coast Balanga, Bataan Camaya Coast People's Center Capitol 4,000 2018 Jonas Villanueva
Caloocan Excellence Caloocan,
Metro Manila
Victory Liner, Inc. Caloocan Sports Complex 3,000 2017 Rene Baena
Makati × MNL Kingpin[14][15] Makati,
Metro Manila
MNL Kingpin Makati Coliseum 12,000 2018 Vis Valencia
Manila Stars[16] Manila,
Metro Manila
David + Roxas Construction San Andres Sports Complex
Ninoy Aquino Stadium
3,000
6,000
2018 Maximino Dayandante Jr.
Marikina Shoemasters[17] Marikina,
Metro Manila
Marist School Gym
Marikina Sports Center
2,500
7,000
2018 Loreto Tolentino
Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards Cabanatuan
Nueva Ecija
Araullo University Gym 3,000 2019 Carlo Tan
Pampanga Giant Lanterns[18] Angeles City
San Fernando, Pampanga
ADG Group of Companies Angeles University Foundation Gymnasium
Don Honorio Ventura State University Gymnasium
2,000
3,000
2018 Bong Ramos
Pasig City[19] Pasig,
Metro Manila
Sta. Lucia Land Inc. Pasig Sports Center 2,500 19873
19981
2018 Bong Dela Cruz
Quezon City Capitals Quezon City,
Metro Manila
Web Marketers Specialist Association of the Philippines Inc. Blue Eagle Gym
Henry Noble Gymnasium, Trinity University of Asia
JCSGO Seed Dome
7,500
980
1,000
2018 Christian Coronel
San Juan Knights[20] San Juan,
Metro Manila
Powerball Marketing & Logistics Corporation
Almeria International Construction Corporation
Filoil Flying V Centre 5,500 19991 2018 Randy Alcantara
Valenzuela MJAS Zenith Valenzuela,
Metro Manila
MJAS Zenith Trading Bahayang Pag-asa Sports Complex 3,000 2018 Ronjay Enrile
Southern Division
Bacolod Bingo Plus Bacolod, Negros Occidental Bingo Plus 2019 Alexander Angeles
Bacoor City Strikers[21] Bacoor, Cavite Picur Antioxidant Strike Gymnasium 1,500 2018 Rey Mendez
Batangas City Embassy Chill Batangas City, Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
Tanduay Embassy Batangas City Coliseum 4,000
2,500
1,000
2018 Cholo Villanueva
GenSan Warriors[22] General Santos,
South Cotabato
Lagao Gymnasium 6,000 20052 2018 Ronnie Dojillo
Imus Bandera Imus, Cavite Buracai De Laiya Beach Resort
GLC Truck & Equipment
Imus Sports Complex
AATF Sports Complex
1,000
2,000
2018 Manuel Torralba, Jr.
Laguna Heroes Krah Asia[23] Biñan, Laguna Krah Pipes Manila Inc. Alonte Sports Arena 6,500 2018 Victor Escudero
Mindoro Tamaraws - EOG Sports Burlington Calapan,
Oriental Mindoro
EOG Sports Management
Burlington Industries Philippines, Inc.
N/A 2019 Andrei Arce
Muntinlupa Cagers Muntinlupa,
Metro Manila
Angelis Resort Muntinlupa Sports Center 3,000 2018 Jules Hidalgo
Emkai-Rizal Xentromall Golden Coolers[16][24] Antipolo, Rizal Emkai Wholesale Trading
PTC Foodsphere Asia Corp.
AMRC Holdings Company, Inc.
Ynares Center 7,400 2018 John Rodney Santos
Sarangani Marlins Alabel,
Sarangani
Sarangani Capitol Gymnasium N/A 19981 2019 John Kallos
Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines[22] Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del Sur
Universal Canning Inc. Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum 10,000 2018 Britt Reroma
Notes
  1. ^ The Pasig Pirates (as Pasig-Rizal Pirates), San Juan Knights and Sarangani Marlins were founded during the active years of Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).
  2. ^ The General Santos Warriors was founded in 2005 as GenSan MP PacMan Warriors and participated in Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA), National Basketball Conference (NBC) and Liga Pilipinas in 2008.
  3. ^ The Sta. Lucia Realtors was founded in 1987 from the Philippine Basketball League (PBL)
    Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in 1993 and the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League (PCBL) in 2015.

Former teamsEdit

Team Locality Main sponsor Arena Capacity Founded Joined Last season
Basilan Jumbo Plastic Lamitan, Basilan Jumbo Plastic Linoleum
Medical Depot
Lamitan Capitol Gym 3,000 2018 2021 Invitational
Bicol Volcanoes Bicol Region
Legazpi, Albay
Naga,
Camarines Sur
Liberty Commercial Center, Inc. Albay Astrodome
Ibalong Centrum for Recreation
Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
5,000
8,000
~12,000
2019 2021 Invitational
Bulacan Kuyas Malolos, Bulacan
Baliuag, Bulacan
Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium
Baliuag Star Arena
Malolos Sports and Convention Center
5,000
5,000
5,000
2017 2021 Invitational
Cebu - Casino Rubbing Alcohol Cebu City, Cebu
Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
International Pharmaceuticals Inc. USJ-R Basak Coliseum
Hoops Dome
Aznar Coliseum
4,000
6,500
3,000
2018 2019–20 season
Davao Occidental Tigers
- Cocolife
[25]
Davao Occidental
Davao City,
Davao del Sur
United Coconut Planters Life Assurance Corporation University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium & Cultural Center
Rizal Memorial Colleges Petro Gazz Arena
Davao City Recreation Center
6,000
2,000
2,500
2018 2019–20 season
Iloilo United Royals Iloilo City, Iloilo University of San Agustin Gymnasium 5,000 2019 2021 Invitational
Mandaluyong El Tigre Mandaluyong City Dataland Jose Rizal University Gym
Ynares Sports Arena (temporary)
3,000 (Ynares) 2018 2018–19 season
Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines Navotas,
Metro Manila
Slord Development Corporation Navotas Sports Complex 1,000 2018 2019–20 season
Negros Muscovados Negros Occidental Pacquiao 3 in 1 Coffee TBA 2021 2021 Invitational
Parañaque Patriots Parañaque,
Metro Manila
yabo Sports Olivarez College Coliseum 3,500 2017 2019–20 season
Pasay Voyagers[26] Pasay,
Metro Manila
Cuneta Astrodome 12,000 2018 2019–20 season

All-time venuesEdit

Team Arena Image Location Capacity
1Bataan Risers - Camaya Coast Bataan People's Center   Balanga, Bataan 4,000
Imus Bandera Imus Sports Complex
AATF Sports Complex
  Imus, Cavite 1,000
2,000
Muntinlupa Cagers Muntinlupa Sports Center   Muntinlupa,
Metro Manila
3,000
Batangas City Tanduay Athletics Batangas City Sports Coliseum
Batangas State University Gymnasium
De La Salle Lipa SENTRUM

 
Batangas City,
Batangas
Lipa, Batangas
4,000
2,500
1,000
Bulacan Kuyas Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium
Baliwag Star Arena
Malolos Sports and Convention Center

 
 
Malolos, Bulacan
Baliuag, Bulacan
5,000
5,000
5,000
Caloocan Excellence Caloocan Sports Complex   Caloocan,
Metro Manila
3,000
Parañaque Patriots - yabo Sports Olivarez College Coliseum Parañaque,
Metro Manila
3,500
Navotas Uni-Pak Sardines Navotas Sports Complex   Navotas,
Metro Manila
1,000
Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP Blue Eagle Gym
Henry Noble Gymnasium, Trinity University of Asia
JCSGO Seed Dome
  Quezon City,
Metro Manila
7,500
980
1,000
Valenzuela MJAS Zenith Valenzuela Astrodome
Bahayang Pag-asa Sports Complex
Valenzuela,
Metro Manila
3,000
Makati FSD Blazers Makati Coliseum Makati,
Metro Manila
12,000
Pasay Voyagers Cuneta Astrodome   Pasay,
Metro Manila
12,000
San Juan Knights Filoil Flying V Centre   San Juan,
Metro Manila
5,500
Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors Pasig Sports Center
Ynares Sports Arena
  Pasig,
Metro Manila
2,500
3,000
Marikina Shoe City Marist School Gym
Marikina Sports Center
Marikina,
Metro Manila
2,500
7,000
Rizal Emkai Golden Coolers Ynares Center   Antipolo, Rizal 7,400
Laguna Heroes Krah Asia Alonte Sports Arena
Santa Rosa Sports Complex
 
 
Biñan, Laguna
Santa Rosa, Laguna
6,500
5,700
Bacoor City Strikers Strike Gymnasium   Bacoor, Cavite 1,500
Pampanga Giant Lanterns Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center
Bren Z. Guiao Sports Complex and Convention Center
  Angeles City
San Fernando, Pampanga
2,000
3,000
Zamboanga Family's Brand Sardines Mayor Vitaliano D. Agan Coliseum   Zamboanga City,
Zamboanga del Sur
12,000
Basilan Jumbo Plastic Lamitan Capitol Gym   Lamitan, Basilan 3,000
GenSan Warriors Lagao Gymnasium General Santos,
South Cotabato
6,000
Davao Occidental Tigers - Cocolife University of Southeastern Philippines Gymnasium & Cultural Center
Rizal Memorial Colleges Petro Gazz Arena
Davao City Recreation Center
RDR Gymnasium
  Davao Occidental
Davao City,
Davao del Sur
Tagum
6,000
2,000
2,500
N/A
Cebu - Casino Ethyl Alcohol USJ-R Basak Coliseum
Hoops Dome
Aznar Coliseum
 
 
Cebu City, Cebu
Lapu-Lapu, Cebu
4,000
6,500
7,000
Manila Stars San Andres Sports Complex
Ninoy Aquino Stadium
 
 
Malate,
Manila,
Metro Manila
3,000
6,000
Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards Araullo University Gym
San Leonardo Gymnasium
Cabanatuan,
Nueva Ecija
San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija
3,000
Bicol Volcanoes Albay Astrodome
Ibalong Centrum for Recreation
Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum
  Bicol Region
Legazpi, Albay
Naga, Camarines Sur
5,000
8,000
~12,000
Mindoro EOG Burlington TBA Calapan,
Oriental Mindoro
N/A
Iloilo United Royals University of San Agustin Gymnasium
Iloilo Sports Complex
Passi City Arena
Iloilo City, Iloilo
Passi, Iloilo
5,000
3,000
2,000
All-Star Bacolod Ballers La Salle Coliseum
STI West Negros University Gymnasium
  Bacolod,
Negros Occidental
8,000
5,000
Negros Muscovados TBA Negros Oriental N/A
Sarangani Marlins Sarangani Capitol Gymnasium Alabel,
Sarangani
N/A
N/A
(Opening games)
Smart Araneta Coliseum
Mall of Asia Arena
 
 
Cubao,
Quezon City,
Metro Manila
Bay City,
Pasay,
Metro Manila
25,000
15,000
N/A
(All-star games)
Mall of Asia Arena   Bay City,
Pasay,
Metro Manila
15,000

League championshipsEdit

Teams Win Loss Total Year(s) won Year(s) lost
San Juan 1 1 2 2019 2020
Davao Occidental 1 1 2 2020 2019
Batangas City 1 0 1 2018
Basilan 1 0 1 2021
Muntinlupa 0 1 1 2018
Nueva Ecija 0 1 1 2021

Media coverageEdit

Similar to the defunct Philippine Basketball League and the former Shakey's V-League prior to 2016, MPBL employs its own in-house broadcast team.

ABS-CBN Sports and ABS-CBN Regional Network Group were the inaugural official broadcasters of the league. It last aired games through A2Z; previously, it aired games of the MPBL through S+A Channel 23 and S+A HD Channel 166 with Liga providing cable television coverage on Channels 86 and 166 on SkyCable and select provincial providers. Selected national finals games aired on ABS-CBN. The broadcasting deal was announced on January 11, 2018.[27] The games aired internationally via The Filipino Channel. Additionally, scheduled Monday games were aired on Fox Sports Asia until the 2019 championship.

The games were also available via livestreaming through the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Facebook page, ABS-CBN Sports Website and iWant TFC.

However, their contract with the network's sports division were initially left in jeopardy due to the ABS-CBN franchise renewal controversy, which led to the sports division's dissolution on August 31. Nevertheless, with the resumption of the stalled playoffs in March 2021, ABS-CBN remained the broadcast partner of the league, through A2Z.

In December 2021, starting with the Invitationals, the league's media coverage transferred to the IBC and TAP Sports. The livestreaming of games were also carried over to the Chooks-to-Go Facebook page and on TAP Go. IBC did not extend their contract with the MPBL in 2021.

On April 25, 2022, the media coverage of the league were exclusively aired on Cignal TV's One PH, instead on One Sports due to the channel's no available slots, thus marked One PH carried a sports program aside from being a Tagalog news channel. Selected matches are also streamed on league's social networks, including Facebook and YouTube.

RulesEdit

Game regulationsEdit

  1. FIBA Rules

Player eligibilityEdit

Player classificationsEdit

  • Local player – Born to full-blooded Filipinos.[28]
  • Filipino-foreigners – Filipinos born to at least a parent with foreign heritage regardless where they are born or raised or if they are a holder of a Philippine passport. Only those with a height of less than 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) are eligible to play in the MPBL.[28]
  • Ex-pros – Players with prior participation in professional leagues such as the Philippine Basketball Association and the ASEAN Basketball League.[29]
  • Homegrown player – Players who are native to their team's home locality.[30]

At least for the 2021 MPBL Invitationals,[31] the Filipino-foreigners height limit for Filipino-foreigners would be lifted.[12]

Team roster limitsEdit

At least three homegrown talents per team[30]
Limit on Filipino-foreigner per team.
One player per team (2018)[32]
Two players per team, only one can play at a time (2019–)[33]
Limit on ex-professional (ex-pro) players per team
Five players per team (2018)[33]
Seven players per team, five can play at a time (2019–)[33]

At least for the 2021 MPBL Invitationals,[31] it was announce that the cap on ex-pros and requirement to field homegrowns will be scrapped.[12]

CommissionersEdit

No. Commissioner Tenure
From To
1 Snow Badua August 29, 2017 November 22, 2017
2 Kenneth Duremdes November 22, 2017 incumbent

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "From humble origins in GenSan, Manny Pacquiao's MPBL is now a nation-wide league". ABS-CBN Sports. June 13, 2018. Retrieved June 16, 2018. nd as the semi-professional league continues to grow, it’s amazing to think that it all started with a ‘pa-liga’ in General Santos City.
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  10. ^ Giongco, Mark (March 6, 2021). "MPBL set to resume division finals on March 10". Inquirer.net. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
  11. ^ Tupas, Cedelf (June 1, 2020). "MPBL cancels 2020-2021 season". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
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  13. ^ "Chooks-to-Go MPBL officially turns pro". Tiebreaker Times. December 9, 2021. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
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  15. ^ "Makati ditches Skyscrapers MPBL moniker as team unveils Super Crunch". Fox Sports. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
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  22. ^ a b Joble, Rey (May 2, 2018). "Gen San, Zamboanga join Davao Occi in MPBL's Vis-Min expansion". Fox Sports Asia. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  23. ^ Joble, Rey (April 5, 2018). "Laguna 2nd expansion squad to join MPBL; San Juan, Makati next in line". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  24. ^ Joble, Rey. "Team Rizal planning to change moniker for MPBL season". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  25. ^ Joble, Rey (December 26, 2021). "Davao Occidental leaves MPBL, named founding member of PSL". Tiebreaker Times. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  26. ^ Joble, Rey (May 13, 2018). "Unheralded Lastimosa, 2 ex-pros lead Pasay's MPBL campaign". Fox Sports Philippines. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  27. ^ "ABS-CBN S+A is broadcaster of Pacman's cage league". Manila Standard. January 12, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.
  28. ^ a b "Tratter: MPBL rule on Fil-foreigners taking away opportunity from players". ESPN.com. May 17, 2018. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
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