PBA officiating draws 94-percent batting average ahead of ROS-Alaska Finals

PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa expects officiating for the Oppo-PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals to be “trouble-free” as he points to the average 94-percent rating on correct calls made each game by the referees.

Narvasa said the positive rating was due in a large part to the constant dialogue among the Office of the Commissioner, coaches, players and referees during the course of the season.

“I think if you look at it, coaches and players understand there’s already a common understanding of what a call should be,” Narvasa said, moments after the Alaska-Rain or Shine PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals press conference held at the PBA Cafe Metrowalk in Ortigas, Pasig City.

Alaska earned the right to face Rain or Shine in the best-of-7 championship series after outlasting Meralco, 76-70 Wednesday night in their sudden death semifinal match.

The Aces prevailed in the series, 3-2.

The son of the late Chief Justice Andres Narvasa, Sr. said nowadays, coaches come to him not to merely complain on officiating, but more on clarifying something.

“Hindi na yung mali ito, dapat ganito because we have a clearer understanding of what the rules are,” he said.

But Narvasa mentioned that the initial success in officiating should not give them a false sense of security.

“I still think we still have a lot to go that’s why we’re coming up with a program and we’re grading them already. And that i think will come out soon as we perfect the system, verifying it,” explained the league commissioner, who also functions as the president and CEO of the PBA.

“We have the data and once we’re done, we’ll share it to the team and give it out to the public.”

Very soon, Narvasa said the league will be coming out with the edited videos explaining the PBA rules so that everyone will be in one page.

“I just want to make sure it’s (facts) verified and make sure tama ang analysis dun and once we’re done, we will give it out to the teams.” – By Richard Dy

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