Wow! Ginawa nila 'yun? Without a big corp. supporting a team back then, (except maybe sa Laguna Lakers/Air21) talagang mahihirapan ang isang team to sustain a season, kaya sa bawat taon ng MBA pabawas ng pabawas ang teams sa MBA noon
The MBA was played its first game on March 7, 1998 at the Don Narciso Ramos Sports Complex in Lingayen, Pangasinan.  Unlike the Philippine Basketball Association, in which teams represent companies, the MBA teams represented a particular city, province or island in the country. The league brought basketball closer to the people, and it raided the PBA for talent.
The MBA was widely viewed as broadcast giant ABS-CBN's attempt to undermine the PBA after failing to snatch its broadcast rights in 1998.
Metroball allowed foreigners to play for their teams, not requiring Philippine passports of them, nor requiring those foreigners to have Filipino blood. All the league required was that these players be born in the Philippines.
As a direct result of this practice, the MBA and its foreign-born players began attracting attention away from the PBA, forcing the PBA to escalate their own players' salaries and practically rendering the PBA draft useless through a "direct hiring" process.
This allowed PBA teams like Talk 'N Text and Tanduay to negotiate directly with MBA players or MBA prospects (like Asi Taulava and Sonny Alvarado) for their services.
However, the league folded on July 26, 2002 due to extremely high expenses on funding a regional basketball league, and most especially when broadcast partner ABS-CBN withdrew funding for the league. Several players went to the semi-professional Philippine Basketball League en route to the PBA.
- In short, mas malaki expenses ng MBA versus kita sa games at advertising. Una sa lahat, studio 23 pinapalabas, eh sa province malabo ang studio 23 nuon at yung ibang tv nga de pihit pa hanggang ch. 13 lang - wala pang tv plus at di pa uso internet at cable. So ang baba ng marketing value.
- 2nd, ang mura ng tiket, kami nga dati pag may laro provincial team namin libre kami bigay ng tropa namin na konsehal. So wala ka din profit na makukuha sa ticket sales.
titiklop talga hanggang walang kita, kaya walang revenue na bumabalik sa mga teams, unlike sa PBA. So mahirap talaga mag sustain ng isang regional basketball league. Kahit ako mas gusto ko yung parang NBA na home and away format tulad ng MBA dati, pero aminin natin, iba pa rin ang PBA. (Lalo na ngayon na nag chachampion ulit ang Ginebra)
Edited by daphne loves derby, 02 March 2018 - 03:19 PM.