Philippine Basketball Association
Overview
 
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), is a men's professional basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 league in the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

 composed of 10 company-branded franchised teams. It is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia
Asia
Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area and with approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population...

 and the second oldest in the world after the NBA
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada...

. The league's regulations are a hybrid of rules from FIBA
International Basketball Federation
The International Basketball Federation, more commonly known as FIBA , from its French name Fédération Internationale de Basketball, is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball...

 and the NBA.

The league was founded in Quezon City
Quezon City
Quezon City is the former capital and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L...

 on April 9, 1975.
Encyclopedia
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), is a men's professional basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 league in the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

 composed of 10 company-branded franchised teams. It is the first and oldest professional basketball league in Asia
Asia
Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area and with approximately 3.879 billion people, it hosts 60% of the world's current human population...

 and the second oldest in the world after the NBA
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada...

. The league's regulations are a hybrid of rules from FIBA
International Basketball Federation
The International Basketball Federation, more commonly known as FIBA , from its French name Fédération Internationale de Basketball, is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball...

 and the NBA.

The league was founded in Quezon City
Quezon City
Quezon City is the former capital and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L...

 on April 9, 1975. Its individual team offices are directed out of PBA head offices located in Eastwood City
Eastwood City
Eastwood City is a commercial and residential development located in the Libis area of Quezon City in the Philippines. It is developed by Megaworld Corporation. It currently hosts 12 luxury residential condominium towers, with several more being developed....

 in Quezon City
Quezon City
Quezon City is the former capital and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L...

. The league is currently headed by Commissioner Chito Salud
Chito Salud
Angelico T. Salud, better known as Chito Salud is the eight and current commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association. He is the son of Rudy Salud, who was also a commissioner of the PBA from 1988 to 1992....

.

History

The Philippine Basketball Association was founded as a "rebellion" of nine teams from the now-defunct Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association
Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association
The Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association is a defunct sports association which existed from 1938 to 1981. It is best known for its basketball league for amateur players....

 (MICAA) which was tightly controlled by the Basketball Association of the Philippines
Basketball Association of the Philippines
The Basketball Association of the Philippines was the International Basketball Federation recognized national governing body for basketball in the Philippines...

 (BAP; now defunct), the then-FIBA recognized national association. With the BAP controlling the MICAA, the league was de jure
De jure
De jure is an expression that means "concerning law", as contrasted with de facto, which means "concerning fact".De jure = 'Legally', De facto = 'In fact'....

 amateur as players were only paid allowances, much like what was done on other countries to circumvent the amateur requirement, and to play in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments such as the Olympics. With the PBA out of the BAP's control, they can freely pay salaries to their players, hence, making the PBA the oldest professional basketball league outside the United States; however this also caused the league's players from being barred from playing in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments.

Leopoldo Prieto
Leo Prieto
Leopoldo "Leo" L. Prieto was a Filipino sports executive who served as the first Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association...

, the coach for the Philippines at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics was appointed as the first commissioner and Domingo Itchon of Tanduay was chosen as the league's first president. The first game of the league was held at the Araneta Coliseum
Araneta Coliseum
The Smart Araneta Coliseum, known as The Big Dome is an indoor multi-purpose sports arena located in the Cubao area of Quezon City, Philippines...

 on April 9, 1975 featuring Mariwasa-Noritake and Concepcion Carrier.

The league's first 10 years was known for the intense rivalry
Crispa-Toyota rivalry
The Crispa-Toyota rivalry is that of two former Philippine Basketball Association teams, Crispa Redmanizers and the Toyota Tamaraws.Such was their popularity hat whenever these two teams met on the basketball court, Metro Manila's streets would be virtually deserted...

 of the Crispa Redmanizers
Crispa Redmanizers
The Crispa Redmanizers was a basketball team in the Manila Industrial Commercial Athletic Association , the Philippine Basketball Association and the Philippine Amateur Basketball League from the 1960s to the early 1990s.- Profile and history :...

 and the Toyota Tamaraws
Toyota Super Corollas
The Toyota Super Corollas was a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association from 1975-1983. The team had various monikers such as the Comets, the Silver Tamaraws, the Tamaraws, the Super Diesels, the Super Corollas and the Silver Coronas.Their nine PBA titles is the...

 that is still considered as one of the greatest rivalries in league history with big names such as Robert Jaworski
Robert Jaworski
Robert Salazar Jaworski , also known as Sonny Jaworski, Bobby Jaworski, Robert Jaworski, Sr. or simply Jawo, is a former Philippine senator, basketball coach and Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association and PBA basketball player.Known as The Big J and called The Living Legend...

, Ramon Fernandez
Ramón Fernández
Ramon S. Fernandez is generally regarded as the greatest basketball player produced by the Philippine Basketball Association. Fernandez won four Most Valuable Player awards and a record of 19 PBA championships bagged...

, Francis Arnaiz
Francis Arnaiz
Francis C. Arnaiz is a former Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He played for Toyota and Ginebra San Miguel from 1975-1986...

, Atoy Co
Atoy Co
Fortunato Co, Jr., better known as Atoy Co, is a former Philippine Basketball Association basketball player and actor who was part of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers ballclub that won two Grand Slams, in 1976 and 1983. He won the Most Valuable Player award, in 1979 and a 9-time Mythical First...

, Bogs Adornado
Bogs Adornado
William "Bogs" Adornado is a former Filipino athlete who played basketball in both the amateur and professional ranks. He made his mark playing in the Philippine Basketball Association from 1975 to 1987...

, and Philip Cezar
Philip Cezar
Philip "The Scholar" Cezar is a former Philippine Basketball Association basketball player. He was part of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers ballclub that won two Grand Slams, in 1976 and 1983. He won the Most Valuable Player award in 1980. He was also a many-time Philippine national team player in...

 to name a few playing for those squads, before both teams disbanded in 1983 and 1984 respectively.

Following their disbandment, the league moved from the Araneta Coliseum
Araneta Coliseum
The Smart Araneta Coliseum, known as The Big Dome is an indoor multi-purpose sports arena located in the Cubao area of Quezon City, Philippines...

 to ULTRA
PhilSports Arena
The Philippine Institute of Sports Arena or PhilSports Arena is an indoor sporting arena located inside the PhilSports Complex in Pasig, Philippines. It was formerly known as the University of Life Training and Recreational Arena or the ULTRA. The arena and its surrounding sports complex are...

 in Pasig. There, the league continued to be popular despite several remnants of Toyota and Crispa players suiting up for different teams.

During the mid to late 80s, Jaworski and Ginebra San Miguel
Barangay Ginebra Kings
The Barangay Ginebra Kings is a professional basketball team of the Philippine Basketball Association founded in 1979 and owned by the Ginebra San Miguel, Inc., a subsidiary of the San Miguel Corporation...

 became the league's most popular squad for its "never say die" attitude and had intense rivalries with the Tanduay Rhum Masters
Tanduay Rhum Masters
The Tanduay Rhum Masters is a former Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association , Philippine Basketball Association and Philippine Basketball League basketball team.-History:...

 of Jaworski's then-arch rival Fernandez, and later the expansion Purefoods Corporation of Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Vergara Patrimonio , nicknamed "The Captain" and "Captain Lionheart" is a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager of his former team, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.Patrimonio holds several PBA records...

, Jerry Codiñera
Jerry Codiñera
Jerry Codiñera is a retired professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. He is nicknamed the "Defense Minister" for his prowess at the defensive end. He is also a member of the 25 Best Players of all Time of PBA and Philippine men's national basketball team of the 1994...

, Jojo Lastimosa
Jojo Lastimosa
Isabelo Lastimosa, Jr. , better known as Jojo Lastimosa and by his nickname "Jolas", is a former Filipino professional basketball player from Cagayan de Oro City who played in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Purefoods TJ Hotdogs, the Alaska Aces and the Pop Cola Panthers from 1988-2003...

 and Fernandez.

By the end of the 1980s, San Miguel Beer
San Miguel Beermen
The Petron Blaze Boosters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association. The team has been a member of the league since its inception in 1975 and hold the most PBA titles with 19.The team is owned by the Petron Corporation, a subsidiary of the Philippines' largest food...

 won numerous championships that included the 1989 Grand Slam under coach Norman Black
Norman Black
Norman Augustus Black is an American retired professional basketball player in the CBA, NBA, and PBA who has since settled in the Philippines. He is also a former head coach of the San Miguel Beermen, Mobiline Phone Pals, Pop Cola 800s, and Sta. Lucia Realtors...

 and former national team stars Samboy Lim
Samboy Lim
Avelino B. Lim, Jr. , better known as Samboy Lim, is a former basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. As a shooting guard, the iconic Lim distinguished himself with Magic Johnson-like ball handling skills and Julius "Dr...

 and Hector Calma
Hector Calma
Hector Calma is a retired Filipino professional basketball player. At 5 feet and 6 inches, he played at the point guard position and was most notably associated with the San Miguel Beer team of the Philippine Basketball Association....

.
In 1989, FIBA voted to allow professionals to play in their sanctioned tournaments, hence the PBA's players are now able to represent the country internationally. In 1990, the league sent its first all-pro squad to the Asian Games
Asian Games
The Asian Games, officially known as Asiad, is a multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia. The Games were regulated by the Asian Games Federation from the first Games in New Delhi, India, until the 1978 Games. Since the 1982 Games they have been organised by the...

 finishing a silver medal to China. The PBA would later send three more all-pro squads in the said event.

The early 90's saw the Ginebra and Shell
Shell Turbo Chargers
The Shell Turbo Chargers is a former Philippine Basketball Association team under the ownership of Pilipinas Shell Corporation. Shell has been a member of the PBA since 1985 until 2005 when the team filed for a leave of absence after the season. Shell sold its franchise to PBL team Welcoat Paints...

 forming an intense rivalry that included Ginebra's walkout in 1990 finals against Shell and the team's dramatic comeback from a 3-1 deficit to beat Shell in the 1991 Open Conference while Patrimonio, Allan Caidic
Allan Caidic
Alan Vito Flores Caidic is a retired professional basketball player from the Philippines and is currently an assistant coach of the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the PBA...

, and a host of others became the league's main attraction.

By 1993, the league moved to the Cuneta Astrodome
Cuneta Astrodome
Cuneta Astrodome is an indoor sporting arena located in Pasay, Philippines. It is better known as the home of the Philippine Basketball Association from 1993, when it left the PhilSports Arena, then known as the ULTRA, until 1998...

 in Pasay and later saw the Alaska Milkmen
Alaska Aces (PBA)
The Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association since 1986 under the ownership of the Alaska Milk Corporation and the owner of 13 PBA championships with the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference as their latest...

 win the 1996 grand slam
Grand Slam (PBA)
The Grand Slam in the Philippine Basketball Association refers to a PBA team who has won all three conferences in a single season. After the PBA reduced the number of conferences from three to two beginning in 2004, the term became quite obsolete to some...

 and nine titles in the decade.

From 1999-2000, the PBA suffered a controversy after several expatriate cagers arrived on the scene (such as Asi Taulava
Asi Taulava
Pauliasi M. Taulava also known as Asi Taulava is a American-born Filipino-Tongan professional basketball player playing in the Philippines for the Meralco Bolts in the Philippine Basketball Association....

, Danny Seigle
Danny Seigle
Daniel Charles Seigle is a Filipino American professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barako Bull Energy. A 6'6", 205-lb. swingman, he is fondly called Dynamite Danny and Danny S. by many...

 and Eric Menk
Eric Menk
Eric Conrad Menk is a Filipino-American professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barangay Ginebra Kings...

) and their lineage were questionable with most of the them deported for falsifying documents.

The arrival of dozens of these players was a counter to the fledging Metropolitan Basketball Association
Metropolitan Basketball Association
The Metropolitan Basketball Association or Metroball was a professional basketball league in the Philippines founded in 1998.The MBA overtook the Philippine Basketball Association's plans on regionalization when the league adopted a home-and-away format where teams, instead of representing...

, a regional-based pro league formed in 1998. But, the said league eventually folded as expenses and ABS-CBN's
ABS-CBN
ABS–CBN Corporation is a Philippine-based media conglomerate. It is the Philippines' largest media and entertainment conglomerate. The corporation was the merger of Alto Broadcasting System which at that time owned by James Lindenberg and Antonio Quirino, and the Chronicle Broadcasting Network ...

 abandonment in 2001 led to their demise a year later.

Despite the MBA's disbandment, and the arrival of those players to the PBA, attendance went sour and turned from bad to worst after a huge decline in 2003.

However, the league was able to gain some popularity by 2004, thanks in large part to Barangay Ginebra's run through three PBA championships led by Menk and Mark Caguioa
Mark Caguioa
Mark Anthony Abaño Caguioa is a Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association who plays for the Barangay Ginebra Kings...

, other marketing aspects and arrival of collegiate stars from the UAAP and the NCAA.

By 2005 the league became active in the national team role under Chot Reyes
Chot Reyes
Vincent P. Reyes , better known as Chot Reyes, is a Filipino basketball head coach of the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the Philippine Basketball Association...

 even when FIBA lifted the suspension of the country following the formation of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas despite a ninth place finish in the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship. In 2009, however, the all-amateur Smart Gilas
Smart Gilas
Smart Gilas Pilipinas is a developmental Philippine national basketball team sponsored by Smart Communications and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas...

 team became the country's official representative in international competitions, thus the PBA's role in forming a national team was reduced, except when sending reinforcements to beef up the national squad.

Season format

One constant feature in the PBA is that unlike other leagues, there is no "season champion;" instead, the season is divided into conferences or tournaments (not to be confused with the definition of a "conference" in a sporting context as a grouping of teams based on geography or historical affiliation) wherein the teams compete for the conference cup. The winners of the conference cups do not face each other at the end of the season to determine the season; instead all conference champions are league champions, but winning the All-Filipino conference
PBA Philippine Cup
The Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup is the award given at PBA's all-Filipino conference. The tournament does not allow teams to hire foreign players or imports. Prior to 2004-05 season, the tournament was then known as the PBA All-Filipino Cup...

 is the most prestigious conference of the season.

From 1975
1975 PBA season
-Notable events:*The first game was held on April 9, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum with the Marisawa-Noritake Porcelainmakers beating Concepcion Carriers 101-98 in the opening game and Toyota edging out U/Tex, 105-101 in front of 18,000 spectators...

-2003
2003 PBA season
The 2003 PBA Season was the 29th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable occurrences:*The NBN/IBC consortium took over the league's TV coverage after winning the TV rights over the league's longtime TV partner Vintage Television in December 2002.*Noli Eala became the league's...

, a season was usually composed of three conferences. From the 1993 season
1993 PBA season
The 1993 PBA season was the 19th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable events:*The league moves to its new home, the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.*The league unveils their new logo during the opening ceremonies.*Sta...

, the conferences were named All-Filipino
PBA Philippine Cup
The Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup is the award given at PBA's all-Filipino conference. The tournament does not allow teams to hire foreign players or imports. Prior to 2004-05 season, the tournament was then known as the PBA All-Filipino Cup...

, Commissioner's
PBA Commissioner's Cup
The PBA Commissioner's Cup is a tournament of a Philippine Basketball Association season. The tournament allows team to hire a single import with a height limit of 6-6. The event was usually held during the league's second conference from 1993-2002...

 and Governors Cups, usually ending in a best-of-7 Finals series match wherein the winner takes the Conference Cup. If the same team wins all of the conferences, the team is said to be the "Grand Slam
Grand Slam (PBA)
The Grand Slam in the Philippine Basketball Association refers to a PBA team who has won all three conferences in a single season. After the PBA reduced the number of conferences from three to two beginning in 2004, the term became quite obsolete to some...

" champion. A draft
Philippine Basketball Association Draft
The Philippine Basketball Association Draft is an annual event in the PBA calendar in which teams can acquire new players outside the league which are not free agents in an agreed-upon order....

 was held on January, with the season-ending Governors Cup ending in December.

In 2004
2004 PBA Fiesta Conference
The 2004 PBA Fiesta Conference, or known as the 2004 Gran Matador Brandy-PBA Fiesta Conference for sponsorship reasons, was tournament held by the Philippine Basketball Association and the first ever edition of the PBA Fiesta Conference....

, then-commissioner Noli Eala
Noli Eala
Jose Emmanuel M. Eala, better known as Noli Eala, was the sixth commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association from 2003 to 2007. Before he became the commissioner of the league, he was a play-by-play commentator of Viva-Vintage Sports, which broadcasts the PBA Games, from the early 1990s...

 introduced drastic changes to the season calendar. He reduced the number of conferences from three to two and changed the start of the season from February to October so that the league can accommodate international tournaments that were frequently held from June to September. Another reason for the change in schedule was the popularity of college hoops, the NCAA and the UAAP, whose basketball season runs from June to October each year.

The first tournament is the Philippine Cup
PBA Philippine Cup
The Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup is the award given at PBA's all-Filipino conference. The tournament does not allow teams to hire foreign players or imports. Prior to 2004-05 season, the tournament was then known as the PBA All-Filipino Cup...

, which is held from October to February the following year, where only locals are allowed to play. The second tournament is the Fiesta Conference
PBA Fiesta Conference
The PBA Fiesta Conference was a former tournament held during a Philippine Basketball Association season. Each PBA team was allowed to hire a single foreign player, with maximum height limitations set by the league, to play for the said tournament.-History:...

, held from March to July, teams are allowed to field one foreign player called an "import". The Philippine Cup is identical to the All-Filipino Conference of the previous seasons. The rookie draft is now usually held every August.

By the 2010-2011 season, it was reverted back to the old three conference format, although the October to August season was retained.

Teams

All franchises are owned by corporations, and are not based on a geographic locale, therefore they do not play in a "home stadium" and the league per se rents the different stadiums in which the teams play.

A team's name is often divided into three parts; the first is the company name, then the product (can be omitted or merged with the next part), and a nickname - usually connected to the business of the company. For example, the San Miguel Beermen
San Miguel Beermen
The Petron Blaze Boosters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association. The team has been a member of the league since its inception in 1975 and hold the most PBA titles with 19.The team is owned by the Petron Corporation, a subsidiary of the Philippines' largest food...

 is a team owned by San Miguel Corporation, with the "beermen" nickname denoting the San Miguel Beer product.

The company name rarely changes - it can only change if the franchise is sold or if the mother company transfers the operations of the franchise into another subsidiary. The product name and the nickname often changes, as companies would maximize the publicity the league gives to its products.

Current teams


Notes
  • (♯) - denotes a San Miguel Corporation
    San Miguel Corporation
    Established in 1890 as a brewery, San Miguel Corporation is Southeast Asia's largest publicly listed food, beverage and packaging company with over 17,000 employees in over 100 major facilities throughout the Asia-Pacific....

     subsidiary.
  • (°) - denotes a MVP group subsidiary.
  • (‡) - denotes a Linaheim Corporate Services subsidiary.
  • (**) - the San Miguel Beermen
    San Miguel Beermen
    The Petron Blaze Boosters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association. The team has been a member of the league since its inception in 1975 and hold the most PBA titles with 19.The team is owned by the Petron Corporation, a subsidiary of the Philippines' largest food...

     took a leave of absence on the first two conferences of the 1986 season
    1986 PBA season
    The 1986 PBA season was the 12th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable Events:*Alaska Milk marked its first participation in the league...

    .

Teams' following

For years, Barangay Ginebra owns the distinction as the most popular team in the league. The popularity of the club can be traced to the recruitment of the immensely popular backcourt tandem of Robert Jaworski
Robert Jaworski
Robert Salazar Jaworski , also known as Sonny Jaworski, Bobby Jaworski, Robert Jaworski, Sr. or simply Jawo, is a former Philippine senator, basketball coach and Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association and PBA basketball player.Known as The Big J and called The Living Legend...

 and Francis Arnaiz
Francis Arnaiz
Francis C. Arnaiz is a former Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He played for Toyota and Ginebra San Miguel from 1975-1986...

, both former Toyota
Toyota Super Corollas
The Toyota Super Corollas was a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association from 1975-1983. The team had various monikers such as the Comets, the Silver Tamaraws, the Tamaraws, the Super Diesels, the Super Corollas and the Silver Coronas.Their nine PBA titles is the...

 players. Fans of Toyota, a team that disbanded in 1983 followed the two stalwarts in Ginebra.

In 2008, however, results of a survey showed that Purefoods shares the honor of being the league's most popular ballclub with Ginebra. It appeared that Ginebra was the most popular team among men, while Purefoods was the most popular among women. Also, Ginebra was more popular in Metro Manila and Luzon and in classes ABC while Purefoods was more popular in Visayas and Mindanao and in class D. The two teams were tied for most supporters in class E.

Based on the survey results, following Ginebra and Purefoods (which both got 31%) in terms of popularity are Magnolia
San Miguel Beermen
The Petron Blaze Boosters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association. The team has been a member of the league since its inception in 1975 and hold the most PBA titles with 19.The team is owned by the Petron Corporation, a subsidiary of the Philippines' largest food...

 (21%), Alaska
Alaska Aces (PBA)
The Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association since 1986 under the ownership of the Alaska Milk Corporation and the owner of 13 PBA championships with the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference as their latest...

 (13%), Sta. Lucia
Meralco Bolts
The Meralco Bolts is a professional basketball team of the Philippine Basketball Association founded in 2010 when the Manila Electric Company bought the Sta...

 (5%), Red Bull (4%), Talk N' Text
Talk N' Text Phone Pals
The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters is a professional basketball team in Philippine Basketball Association.The team was first owned by Pepsi Philippines of Luis Francisco R. Lorenzo and was granted an expansion franchise prior to the 1990 PBA season...

 (3%), Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola Tigers
The Powerade Tigers is a professional basketball team of the Philippine Basketball Association founded in 2002 when the then-San Miguel Corporation-owned Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines bought the RFM-owned Cosmos Bottling Corporation. In 2006, the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Company under the Coca-Cola...

 (1%), and Air 21 (1%).

Notably, the top three teams that have the most supporters have also been considered as the most talent-laden teams. They also belong under the San Miguel Corporation
San Miguel Corporation
Established in 1890 as a brewery, San Miguel Corporation is Southeast Asia's largest publicly listed food, beverage and packaging company with over 17,000 employees in over 100 major facilities throughout the Asia-Pacific....

 umbrella. With the three teams acquiring players through allegedly lopsided trades and performing strong in the past several seasons, the PBA has been considered by some as an "SMC league".

In August 2010, news of Purefoods' departure from the league surfaced as there were reports that San Miguel tried to sell the food-processing company. It was suggested that even if only the brandname will no longer be used by the team, it will still have a tremendous impact on its big number of fans. However, if the team's core remains intact and the faces of the franchise – Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Vergara Patrimonio , nicknamed "The Captain" and "Captain Lionheart" is a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager of his former team, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.Patrimonio holds several PBA records...

 and James Yap
James Yap
James Carlos Yap Sr. is a Filipino professional basketball player for the B-Meg Llamados in the Philippine Basketball Association...

 – remain with the team, then most fans will probably continue rooting for the squad, just like what happened to Ginebra, which inherited Toyota fans, when it acquired Jaworski and Arnaiz. But the sale did not push through and the Purefoods PBA franchise stayed.

Defunct and guest teams

The most prominent defunct teams are the Crispa Redmanizers
Crispa Redmanizers
The Crispa Redmanizers was a basketball team in the Manila Industrial Commercial Athletic Association , the Philippine Basketball Association and the Philippine Amateur Basketball League from the 1960s to the early 1990s.- Profile and history :...

 and the Toyota Super Corollas
Toyota Super Corollas
The Toyota Super Corollas was a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association from 1975-1983. The team had various monikers such as the Comets, the Silver Tamaraws, the Tamaraws, the Super Diesels, the Super Corollas and the Silver Coronas.Their nine PBA titles is the...

.

Among guest teams, most notable was the American Nicholas Stoodley team that won the 1980 Invitational Conference.

Rules

The PBA has a hybrid of FIBA and NBA rules:
  1. A game consists of four 12-minute quarters, the NBA standard.
  2. The three-point
    Three-point field goal
    A three-point field goal is a field goal in a basketball game, made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc radiating from the basket...

     line's distance is set back to 6.75 m (22.1 feet), which will be FIBA's three-point distance for international competitions after 2010 and all other competitions from 2012. The line was previously 6.25 m (20.6) feet away from the basket, which was FIBA's former three-point distance.
  3. The "key
    Key (basketball)
    The key, officially referred to as the free throw lane by the National Basketball Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association , the restricted area by the international governing body FIBA, and colloquially as the shaded lane and the paint, is an area in a basketball court...

    " is now a rectangle as in the NBA. It was previously the FIBA standard trapezoid key. FIBA will adopt the NBA rectangular key at the same time it moves its three-point line.
  4. Post up players can now muscle their way into the basket without automatically getting a foul called.
  5. A player can now hang on the rim after a dunk
    Slam dunk
    A slam dunk is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air and manually powers the ball downward through the basket with one or both hands over the rim. This is considered a normal field goal attempt; if successful it is worth two points. The term "slam dunk" was...

     without getting called for a technical foul.
  6. Zone defense
    Zone defense
    Zone defense is a type of defense, used in team sports, which is the alternative to man-to-man defense; instead of each player guarding a corresponding player on the other team, each defensive player is given an area known as a "zone" to cover....

    s are allowed, the FIBA standard, although illegal defense
    Illegal defense
    Defensive three-second violation, also known as illegal defense, is a rule violation in the National Basketball Association. It is assessed when a member of the defending team spends more than three seconds in the free throw lane while not actively guarding an opponent...

     was implemented before.
  7. A team enters the penalty situation after the fifth foul in a quarter, each successive foul thereafter entitles the fouled player two free-throw attempts. However, in the last two minutes of regulation, both teams are only allowed one foul to give considering the team is not yet in penalty, as in NBA rules. Overtime periods allow each team to have 2 fouls before entering penalty situation in the first three minutes of it, whereas the last two minutes gives both teams one foul to give, as in NBA rules.
  8. Newcomers enter the league via a draft
    Philippine Basketball Association Draft
    The Philippine Basketball Association Draft is an annual event in the PBA calendar in which teams can acquire new players outside the league which are not free agents in an agreed-upon order....

    .
  9. Only Filipinos are allowed to play in every conference; non-Filipinos can play as "imports", and only in certain conferences. Currently in the Commissioner's Cup
    PBA Commissioner's Cup
    The PBA Commissioner's Cup is a tournament of a Philippine Basketball Association season. The tournament allows team to hire a single import with a height limit of 6-6. The event was usually held during the league's second conference from 1993-2002...

    , imports of unlimited height are allowed to play. In the Governor's Cup
    PBA Governor's Cup
    The PBA Governors Cup is a tournament of a Philippine Basketball Association season. The tournament allows team to hire a single import with a height limit of 6-4. The event was usually held during the league's third conference from 1993-2002...

     imports within the height limit of 6'5' are allowed to play.


The PBA has also other different rules:
  1. The league implements the Trent Tucker Rule
    Trent Tucker Rule
    The Trent Tucker Rule is a basketball rule that disallows any regular shot to be taken on the court if the ball is put into play with less than three-tenths of a second left on the game clock...

    .
  2. In the league, there is a foul called an advantage foul, which is similar to the "unsportsmanlike foul" of FIBA rules. This is called when the offensive player is fouled by an opposing player while in a fastbreak situation without going for the ball. The offensive players team will be given two free throws and will regain the ball.

Commissioners

  • Leopoldo Prieto
    Leo Prieto
    Leopoldo "Leo" L. Prieto was a Filipino sports executive who served as the first Commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association...

     (1975
    1975 PBA season
    -Notable events:*The first game was held on April 9, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum with the Marisawa-Noritake Porcelainmakers beating Concepcion Carriers 101-98 in the opening game and Toyota edging out U/Tex, 105-101 in front of 18,000 spectators...

    -1983
    1983 PBA season
    The 1983 PBA season was the ninth season of the Philippine Basketball Association . The famed Crispa Redmanizers won its Second Grandslam after first doing the trick in 1976...

    )
  • Col. Mariano Yenko
    Mariano Yenko
    Colonel Mariano Yenko was the 2nd commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association. He also served as the Assistant Executive Secretary under Ramon Magsaysay , and as Philippine Airlines' Vice-President Corporate Secretary. Ateneo de Manila University's Audio-Visual Room at the Moro Lorenzo...

     (1983
    1983 PBA season
    The 1983 PBA season was the ninth season of the Philippine Basketball Association . The famed Crispa Redmanizers won its Second Grandslam after first doing the trick in 1976...

    -1987
    1987 PBA season
    The 1987 PBA season was the 13th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable Occurrences:*Manila Beer Brewmasters disbanded its franchise, reducing the membership to only 6 teams, their players were absorbed by the rest of the PBA ballclubs.*The PBA, in partnership with a newly-formed...

    )
  • Atty. Rodrigo Salud
    Rodrigo Salud
    Rodrigo Salud was a commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association from 1988 to 1992 and the founding secretary-general of the World Boxing Council.-PBA Commissioner:...

     (1988
    1988 PBA season
    The 1988 PBA season was the 14th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable Events:*After Tanduay filed a leave of absence, some remnants were absorbed, along with several amateur prospects by Purefoods Corporation....

    -1992
    1992 PBA season
    The 1992 PBA season was the 18th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable occurrences:*PBA Commissioner Rudy Salud, stepped down from his post, after four successful years of guiding the league at its highest level, PBA chairman Rey Marquez succeeded Atty.Salud as the new PBA...

    )
  • Reynaldo Marquez
    Rey Marquez
    Reynaldo Marquez was the 4th commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association. He also served as a member of the league's board of governors, representing Formula Shell before being appointed as commissioner.-External links:*...

     (1992
    1992 PBA season
    The 1992 PBA season was the 18th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable occurrences:*PBA Commissioner Rudy Salud, stepped down from his post, after four successful years of guiding the league at its highest level, PBA chairman Rey Marquez succeeded Atty.Salud as the new PBA...

    -1993
    1993 PBA season
    The 1993 PBA season was the 19th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable events:*The league moves to its new home, the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.*The league unveils their new logo during the opening ceremonies.*Sta...

    )
  • Emilio Bernardino, Jr.
    Jun Bernardino
    Emilio "Jun" Bernardino, Jr. was the fifth commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association . He was elected as commissioner of the league in the 1993 PBA season and retired in the 2002 PBA season...

     (1993
    1993 PBA season
    The 1993 PBA season was the 19th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable events:*The league moves to its new home, the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.*The league unveils their new logo during the opening ceremonies.*Sta...

    -2002
    2002 PBA season
    -Notable occurrences:*The Tanduay Rhum Masters left the league after three seasons. Their franchise was taken over by the FedEx Express.*Republic Flour Mills sold its subsidiary COSMOS Bottlers Corporation to food company giant San Miguel Corporation. The move also absorbed the Pop Cola Panthers,...

    )
  • Jose Emmanuel Eala
    Noli Eala
    Jose Emmanuel M. Eala, better known as Noli Eala, was the sixth commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association from 2003 to 2007. Before he became the commissioner of the league, he was a play-by-play commentator of Viva-Vintage Sports, which broadcasts the PBA Games, from the early 1990s...

     (2003
    2003 PBA season
    The 2003 PBA Season was the 29th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable occurrences:*The NBN/IBC consortium took over the league's TV coverage after winning the TV rights over the league's longtime TV partner Vintage Television in December 2002.*Noli Eala became the league's...

    -2007
    2006-07 PBA season
    The 2006–07 PBA season is the 32nd season of the Philippine Basketball Association . The season started September 28 in Guam and began its formal opening on October 1 at the Araneta Coliseum, and ended on July 20...

    )
  • Renauld Barrios
    Sonny Barrios
    Renauld N. Barrios, better known as Sonny Barrios, is the seventh commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association. Before serving as the commissioner, he became the officer in charge of the league on August 2007 when his predecessor Noli Eala resigned from his office after being disbarred by...

     (2008
    2007-08 PBA season
    The 2007-08 PBA Season was the 33rd season of the Philippine Basketball Association. The season was formally opened on October 14, 2007 at the Araneta Coliseum...

    -2010), (officer-in-charge from 2007–08)
  • Atty. Angelico Salud
    Chito Salud
    Angelico T. Salud, better known as Chito Salud is the eight and current commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association. He is the son of Rudy Salud, who was also a commissioner of the PBA from 1988 to 1992....

     (2010-present)

Players

Most of the league's present star players are also members of Philippine national team
Philippines national basketball team
The men's national basketball team of the Philippines represents the Philippines in international basketball competitions. It is managed by its national basketball federation, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas...

. Within a 36-year historical period, Filipino basketball fans have seen the likes of Samboy Lim
Samboy Lim
Avelino B. Lim, Jr. , better known as Samboy Lim, is a former basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association. As a shooting guard, the iconic Lim distinguished himself with Magic Johnson-like ball handling skills and Julius "Dr...

, Allan Caidic
Allan Caidic
Alan Vito Flores Caidic is a retired professional basketball player from the Philippines and is currently an assistant coach of the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the PBA...

, Hector Calma
Hector Calma
Hector Calma is a retired Filipino professional basketball player. At 5 feet and 6 inches, he played at the point guard position and was most notably associated with the San Miguel Beer team of the Philippine Basketball Association....

, Ramon Fernandez
Ramón Fernández
Ramon S. Fernandez is generally regarded as the greatest basketball player produced by the Philippine Basketball Association. Fernandez won four Most Valuable Player awards and a record of 19 PBA championships bagged...

, Robert Jaworski
Robert Jaworski
Robert Salazar Jaworski , also known as Sonny Jaworski, Bobby Jaworski, Robert Jaworski, Sr. or simply Jawo, is a former Philippine senator, basketball coach and Manila Industrial and Commercial Athletic Association and PBA basketball player.Known as The Big J and called The Living Legend...

, Benjie Paras
Benjie Paras
Venancio Johnson Paras, Jr. , better known as Benjie Paras, is a Filipino professional basketball player of the Philippine Basketball Association turned actor. He is the only PBA player to win both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors, in a single season...

, Ronnie Magsanoc, Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Patrimonio
Alvin Vergara Patrimonio , nicknamed "The Captain" and "Captain Lionheart" is a retired Filipino professional basketball player from the Philippine Basketball Association and is the current team manager of his former team, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants.Patrimonio holds several PBA records...

, Vergel Meneses
Vergel Meneses
Vergel Meneses - nicknamed "The Aerial Voyager" - is a retired Filipino professional basketball player who last played for the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was also a former PBA Most Valuable Player and a many-time member of the Philippine National team...

, Johnny Abarrientos
Johnny Abarrientos
Johnny Abarrientos is a retired Filipino professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was also a many-time member of the Philippine National team, and was the 1996 PBA MVP, becoming the shortest player to win the league's highest individual award.He is known by many...

, Danny Seigle
Danny Seigle
Daniel Charles Seigle is a Filipino American professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association for the Barako Bull Energy. A 6'6", 205-lb. swingman, he is fondly called Dynamite Danny and Danny S. by many...

 and Danny Ildefonso
Danny Ildefonso
Danilo Ildefonso is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Petron Blaze Boosters in the Philippine Basketball Association. Nicknamed Danny I and The Demolition Man, Ildefonso is a two-time PBA Most Valuable Player in 2000 and 2001...

 take centerstage. Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio are prominent names, as they are the only players to win four Most Valuable Player
Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player award
The Philippine Basketball Association awards the Most Valuable Player award at the end of the season. The winner is selected via votes from the press, players, coaches and top PBA officials....

 (MVP) awards.

On the other hand, Benjie Paras was the first and only player to win the league Rookie of the Year and MVP award at the same time(1989). Vergel Meneses is the only player to win four All-Star
Philippine Basketball Association All-Star Weekend
The Philippine Basketball Association All-Star Weekend is the annual gathering of the best players of the Philippine Basketball Association playing for various events such as the 3-point shootout, skills competition such as Obstacle and Trick-shot challenges, Rookies vs...

 MVP awards while Danny Ildefonso is the only player to have won five Philippine Basketball Association Best Player of the Conference Award
Philippine Basketball Association Best Player of the Conference Award
The Philippine Basketball Association's Best Player of the Conference Award is given to the best local player at the end of each conference...

s.
The league awards the MVP award
Philippine Basketball Association Most Valuable Player award
The Philippine Basketball Association awards the Most Valuable Player award at the end of the season. The winner is selected via votes from the press, players, coaches and top PBA officials....

 since 1975 and the Rookie of the Year award
Philippine Basketball Association Rookie of the Year award
-List of awardees:...

 since 1976. Other lesser awards are handed out at the end of the season; the Best Player and Best Import of the Conference awards
Philippine Basketball Association Best Player of the Conference Award
The Philippine Basketball Association's Best Player of the Conference Award is given to the best local player at the end of each conference...

 are handed out at the end of the conferences.

PBA champions

The San Miguel Beermen
San Miguel Beermen
The Petron Blaze Boosters is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association. The team has been a member of the league since its inception in 1975 and hold the most PBA titles with 19.The team is owned by the Petron Corporation, a subsidiary of the Philippines' largest food...

 currently is the winningest team, with 19 championships followed by Alaska Aces
Alaska Aces (PBA)
The Alaska Aces is a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association since 1986 under the ownership of the Alaska Milk Corporation and the owner of 13 PBA championships with the 2010 PBA Fiesta Conference as their latest...

 with 13 crowns. Among disbanded teams, the Crispa Redmanizers
Crispa Redmanizers
The Crispa Redmanizers was a basketball team in the Manila Industrial Commercial Athletic Association , the Philippine Basketball Association and the Philippine Amateur Basketball League from the 1960s to the early 1990s.- Profile and history :...

 have the most championships, with 13, while rival Toyota Super Corollas
Toyota Super Corollas
The Toyota Super Corollas was a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association from 1975-1983. The team had various monikers such as the Comets, the Silver Tamaraws, the Tamaraws, the Super Diesels, the Super Corollas and the Silver Coronas.Their nine PBA titles is the...

 ended with nine.

The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters won both the 2010-11 PBA Philippine Cup and the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup
2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup
-Air21-Alaska series:-Talk 'N Text-Air21 series:-Smart Gilas-Barangay Ginebra series:-Finals:- Imports :The following is the list of imports, which had played for their respective teams at least once, with the returning imports in italics...

, their 3rd and 4th championships, respectively. The Petron Blaze Boosters won the season ending Governors Cup
2011 PBA Governors Cup
- Imports :The following is the list of imports, which had played for their respective teams at least once, with the returning imports in italics. Highlighted are the imports who stayed with their respective teams for the entire conference....

.

PBA records and clubs

There are all time records written in Philippine Basketball Association records
Philippine Basketball Association records
These are the records set in the Philippine Basketball Association . Flags indicate the nationality of the player; all Filipinos are treated as locals and all non-Filipinos are imports.-Individual single game records:*Most points:...

 and there are clubs a player can accomplished such as PBA 2,000 Assists Club
PBA 2,000 Assists Club
These are the Philippine Basketball Association players who have made at least 2,000 Assists in their career*Robert Jaworski - 5825*Ramon Fernandez - 5220*Dindo Pumaren - 4043*Johnny Abarrientos 3757*Willie Generalao- 3256*Ronnie Magsanoc- 3228...

, PBA 15,000 Point Club, PBA 10,000 Point Club, PBA 5,000 Point Club, PBA 500 Three-Point Club
PBA 500 Three-Point Club
These are the Philippine Basketball Association players who made at least 500 three-point field goals in their PBA career.*Allan Caidic- 1242*Ronnie Magsanoc- 1171*Al Solis- 1000*Jimmy Alapag- 819*Dondon Hontiveros- 793*Renren Ritualo- 699*Willie Miller- 663...

.

Rivalries

Team encounters are a natural phenomenon in the PBA, and this sometimes results in soaring ticket sales. The most famous matchup was the Crispa-Toyota rivalry
Crispa-Toyota rivalry
The Crispa-Toyota rivalry is that of two former Philippine Basketball Association teams, Crispa Redmanizers and the Toyota Tamaraws.Such was their popularity hat whenever these two teams met on the basketball court, Metro Manila's streets would be virtually deserted...

 of the 1970s. Fans faithfully supported their favorite squads, and had appeared in the multitudes at the Araneta Coliseum
Araneta Coliseum
The Smart Araneta Coliseum, known as The Big Dome is an indoor multi-purpose sports arena located in the Cubao area of Quezon City, Philippines...

, or wherever the archrivals had met. In those days, the players were very passionate. On one occasion, they had engaged in a major brawl. Players from both clubs were arrested and detained for one night in Fort Bonifacio
Fort Bonifacio
Fort Bonifacio is a highly urbanized district in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The district is named after the main Philippine Army camp in Metro Manila, Fort Andres Bonifacio, which in turn was named after the famous Philippine revolutionary hero Andres Bonifacio...

.

Other famous contests include:
  • Tanduay vs Ginebra (1986-1987 rivalry)
  • Añejo vs Purefoods (late-1980s rivalry)
  • Añejo/Ginebra vs Shell (1990s rivalry)
  • San Miguel vs Purefoods (late-1980s-1990s rivalry)
  • Purefoods vs Swift (1990s corporate rivalry)
  • Purefoods vs. Alaska (1990s-present rivalry)
  • Añejo/Ginebra vs San Miguel (late-1980s to present rivalry)
  • Ginebra/Gordon's Gin vs Alaska (late-1980s to present rivalry)
  • Alaska vs San Miguel (late-90's to the early millennium rivalry)
  • Red Bull vs. the San Miguel franchises (Barangay Ginebra, San Miguel and Purefoods 2000-2007)
  • Purefoods Tender Juicy/B-Meg Derby Ace vs. Rain or Shine (2009–present, "New Age Rivalry")
  • San Miguel/Petron Blaze vs Talk 'N Text (2011-present rivalry)

Media coverage

The PBA had been covered by television, as well as other media since its opening day. Their current TV and radio partners are AKTV
AKTV
AKTV is a sports and lifestyle primetime programming block in the Philippines. Owned and operated by TV5, it occupies the 5:00 to 11:00pm timeslot of IBC; weekend coverage usually begins at 10:00 am. It started since June 5, 2011.-History:...

 Sports5
Sports5
TV5 Sports or Sports5 is a division of Associated Broadcasting Company , which airs many of the sports events in the Philippines. The world's second oldest professional basketball league, Philippine Basketball Association, was its flagship program since it acquired of the television rights from...

 (aired on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation is a Philippine VHF television network of the Government Communications Group headed by the Press Secretary. Its studios are located at Broadcast City, Old Balara, Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City and its transmitter is located at the Coca Cola plant,...

) and DZRJ Radyo Bandido 810
DZRJ-AM
DZRJ-AM , also known by its tagline The Voice of the Philippines, is an AM radio station of the Rajah Broadcasting Network, Inc. in the Philippines. The station was located on the roofdeck and tower of the J&T Building along Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard...

 respectively. Their former radio partners were DZRH 666
DZRH
DZRH is a radio station in Metro Manila owned and operated by the Manila Broadcasting Company. The station's studio is located at CCP Complex in Pasay, Philippines, while its transmitter is located at Brgy. Malanday, Valenzuela...

 and, until recently, DZSR Sports Radio 918
DZSR
DZSR Sports Radio 918 is an AM station owned and operated by Philippine Broadcasting Service in the Philippines. The programming and the format of the station is Sports. the station's studio is located at 4th Floor, PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, and the transmitter is located...

. The PBA can also be watched worldwide through The Filipino Channel
The Filipino Channel
The Filipino Channel is an international television station owned by the Philippine-based multimedia conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation. The network is currently available in Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and the United States. It has over two million subscribers in these...

 via Kapamilya Channel.
  • PBA on KBS
    PBA on KBS
    The PBA on KBS was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games on Kanlaon Broadcasting System , and was the first broadcaster of the PBA on television.-History:...

     (1975
    1975 PBA season
    -Notable events:*The first game was held on April 9, 1975 at the Araneta Coliseum with the Marisawa-Noritake Porcelainmakers beating Concepcion Carriers 101-98 in the opening game and Toyota edging out U/Tex, 105-101 in front of 18,000 spectators...

    , 1977
    1977 PBA season
    The 1977 PBA season was the third season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable events:*April 17, 1977 - Opening Game of the season between Crispa and Toyota, the Redmanizers won, 122-121 in a game marred by a free-for-all in the post-game fight, sending majority of the Crispa and...

    )
  • PBA on BBC
    PBA on BBC
    The PBA on BBC was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games on Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation.-PBA broadcasting return:...

     (1976
    1976 PBA season
    The 1976 PBA Season was the second season of the Philippine Basketball Association . The season was memorable for it capped the first Grand Slam in the PBA, where the Crispa Redmanizers won all three conferences.-Notable events:...

    )
  • PBA on GTV (1978
    1978 PBA season
    The 1978 PBA Season was the fourth season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable events:*April 16, 1978: Opening Day, Toyota defeated Tanduay, 127-120, In the second game of the double-header, U/tex defeated Crispa, 103-94....

    -1981
    1981 PBA season
    The 1981 PBA season was the seventh season of the Philippine Basketball Association . Instead of the usual three-conference format, the season was shortened to two conferences to give way to the Philippines' hosting of the 1981 Southeast Asian Games....

    )
    • GTV was renamed into MBS in 1980, henceafter the broadcast became known as the PBA on MBS
  • PBA on Vintage Sports
    PBA on Vintage Sports
    The PBA on Vintage Sports was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games by Vintage Sports, a sports-oriented media company on Philippine television networks Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation from 1982 to 1984, People's Television Network from 1984 to 1995, and Intercontinental...

     (1982
    1982 PBA season
    The 1982 PBA season was the eighth season of the Philippine Basketball Association . It was the very first season that the league implement the best-of-seven format in the Reinforced Filipino Conference which was the first tournament.-Champions:...

    -1999
    1999 PBA season
    The 1999 PBA season was the 25th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable occurrences:*The league transferred from the Cuneta Astrodome to the PhilSports Arena as their main playing venue....

    )
    • Aired on BBC
      Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation
      Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation was a Philippine television network that started operations in November 1973 and ended on February 25, 1986.-History:...

       from 1982 to 1983
    • Aired on MBS/PTV from 1984 to 1995
    • Aired on IBC
      Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
      Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation is a Philippine VHF television network of the Government Communications Group headed by the Press Secretary. Its studios are located at Broadcast City, Old Balara, Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City and its transmitter is located at the Coca Cola plant,...

       from 1996 to 1999
  • PBA on Viva TV
    PBA on Viva TV
    The PBA on Viva TV was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation by VIVA Entertainment after the company absorbed Vintage Sports.-History:...

     (2000
    2000 PBA season
    The 2000 PBA season was the 26th of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable occurrences:*PBA's TV partner, Vintage Television was absorbed by Viva Entertainment.*Batang Red Bull Energizers entered the league as an expansion team....

    -2002
    2002 PBA season
    -Notable occurrences:*The Tanduay Rhum Masters left the league after three seasons. Their franchise was taken over by the FedEx Express.*Republic Flour Mills sold its subsidiary COSMOS Bottlers Corporation to food company giant San Miguel Corporation. The move also absorbed the Pop Cola Panthers,...

    )
    • Aired on IBC
      Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
      Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation is a Philippine VHF television network of the Government Communications Group headed by the Press Secretary. Its studios are located at Broadcast City, Old Balara, Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City and its transmitter is located at the Coca Cola plant,...

       from 2000 to 2002
  • PBA on NBN and IBC (2003
    2003 PBA season
    The 2003 PBA Season was the 29th season of the Philippine Basketball Association .-Notable occurrences:*The NBN/IBC consortium took over the league's TV coverage after winning the TV rights over the league's longtime TV partner Vintage Television in December 2002.*Noli Eala became the league's...

    )
    • Parallel broadcasts on NBN and IBC; later IBC simulcasts of the NBN broadcasts. IBC stopped airing the games on October 2003.
  • PBA on ABC
    PBA on ABC
    The PBA on ABC was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games by the Associated Broadcasting Company...

     (2004
    2004 PBA Fiesta Conference
    The 2004 PBA Fiesta Conference, or known as the 2004 Gran Matador Brandy-PBA Fiesta Conference for sponsorship reasons, was tournament held by the Philippine Basketball Association and the first ever edition of the PBA Fiesta Conference....

    -August 20, 2008
    2007-08 PBA season
    The 2007-08 PBA Season was the 33rd season of the Philippine Basketball Association. The season was formally opened on October 14, 2007 at the Araneta Coliseum...

    )
    • Became known as the PBA on TV5 after ABC re-formatted on August 2008.
  • PBA on Solar Sports (2008-2011)
    • Aired on Solar TV
      Solar TV
      Solar Television Network is the flagship cable TV channel and television arm subsidiary of Solar Entertainment Corporation, which is the replacement of C/S 9. This is the revival of the former Solar channel Solar USA....

       from October 2008 to February 2011. Also became known as the "PBA on C/S9" before CS/9 re-formatted on November 29, 2009 to Solar TV.
    • Aired on Studio 23
      Studio 23
      Studio 23 is a Filipino television network owned by the ABS-CBN Corporation. The network is named for its flagship station in Metro Manila, DWAC-TV, which is carried on UHF channel 23...

       from February 2011 to August 2011.
    • Replays also air on Basketball TV
      Basketball TV
      Basketball TV or BTV is a 24-hour all-basketball cable channel in the Philippines owned by the Solar Entertainment Corporation. It was launched on October 1, 2006, rebranding the Sports Plus channel....

      .
  • PBA on AKTV
    PBA on AKTV
    The PBA on AKTV is the presentation of Philippine Basketball Association basketball games which started in the 2011-12 season. Telecasts are produced by Sports5, the sports division of television network TV5, and airs on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation under the AKTV primetime block.TV5,...

     (2011-Present)

Playing venues

A majority of elimination round games are held in the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City
Quezon City
Quezon City is the former capital and the most populous city in the Philippines. Located on the island of Luzon, Quezon City is one of the cities and municipalities that make up Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. The city was named after Manuel L...

. When the Araneta Coliseum is unavailable, Cuneta Astrodome
Cuneta Astrodome
Cuneta Astrodome is an indoor sporting arena located in Pasay, Philippines. It is better known as the home of the Philippine Basketball Association from 1993, when it left the PhilSports Arena, then known as the ULTRA, until 1998...

 in Pasay, Ynares Center
Ynares Center
The Ynares Center is an indoor sporting arena located in Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines.The arena was built at a cost of P350 million. The coliseum was constructed in a 5-hectare lot located at the heart of the City of Antipolo. This is the current landmark in the province where PBA games and big...

 in Antipolo
Antipolo
Antipolo is a city in the Philippines located in the province of Rizal; about 25 kilometers east of Manila. It is the largest city in the Calabarzon Region in terms of population...

, and the Ynares Sports Arena
Ynares Sports Arena
The Ynares Sports Arena is an indoor sporting arena located in Pasig, Philippines. The stadium has hosted to the basketball games of the Philippine Basketball Association and Philippine Basketball League, as well as collegiate basketball tournaments...

 in Pasig are additional arenas where some elimination round games are held. Occasionally, provincial games are hosted in selected venues throughout the country. Playoff games are usually held at venues in Metro Manila
Metro Manila
Metropolitan Manila , the National Capital Region , or simply Metro Manila, is the metropolitan region encompassing the City of Manila and its surrounding areas in the Philippines...

, most often in the Araneta Coliseum. However, recent incentives to promote the league throughout the country has seen several games held out-of-town, including Game 1 of the 2010–11 PBA Philippine Cup Finals
2010–11 PBA Philippine Cup Finals
The 2010–11 PBA Philippine Cup Finals is the best-of-7 championship series of the 2010-11 PBA Philippine Cup, and the conclusion of the conference's playoffs. The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters and the San Miguel Beermen will play for the 101st championship contested by the league...

, which was held in Victorias, Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental
Negros Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Bacolod City and it occupies the northwestern half of Negros Island; Negros Oriental is at the southeastern half...

.

See also

  • List of sports attendance figures - the PBA in a global context.
  • PBA Developmental League
    PBA Developmental league
    The PBA Developmental League, or PBA D-League, is the Philippine Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization.- History :...

  • The Leo
    The Leo
    The Leo is a statuette given by the Philippine Basketball Association to its seasonal awardees.Introduced in 2003, it became the standard trophy of all awards given by the league for its season awards such as the Most Valuable Player, Mythical Team and others.The statuette features a...


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