Yeng Guiao wants PBA to review rules for fairer competition

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — As one of the voices for the independent teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), Rain or Shine Elasto Painters head coach Yeng Guiao said the league should re-evaluate its rules and regulations to have a more balanced competition.

In recent years, the PBA has been criticized by basketball fans following a series of trades which they deemed unfair to smaller ballclubs.

Another issue that earned the ire of fans is the non-transparency about players' salaries. The maximum salary a PBA player can receive is around ₱420,000 but fans are saying some teams do not follow this rule, thus securing the rights of the superstars for the squads with deep pockets.

"The first step is review the rules and if there are rules we cannot follow, take them out or revise them. We have regulations, that instead of following the rules, we look at the loopholes. If there are adjustments in terms of how to make the league even fairer for the other teams, then I think that's where it starts," Guiao told CNN Philippines' Sports Desk Thursday.

The outspoken coach also said the fans have a good grasp of basketball so they immediately know when things are heading in the wrong direction.

"The PBA fans are longing for a league that has unpredictability, you wouldn't know who will be the champion because the teams are even in terms of strength," Guiao said.

"When everybody is following the rules and adhering to the regulations that are being formulated in the board, the trades are all fair. When fans see that there's some things that may not be going in those directions, they understand that. They have a deep knowledge of the PBA and the game, and we don't want to shortchange them," he added.