OUT to support the league for the long term and create more stable employment opportunities for players and other stakeholders in the cage industry, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League tapped into the new Philippine gaming platform OKBet to be its main sponsor.
“We welcome OKBet’s partnership in our league because we share the vision of providing a steady income and a place where our players can show off their skills after two years of enduring the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Commissioner of the League said. MPBL Kenneth Duremdes during the press. partnership launch at the Okada Hotel Grand Ballroom yesterday.
“MPBL Founder, Senator Manny Pacquiao’s goal is not only to provide opportunities for our players, but also to provide Filipino basketball fans with quality entertainment and inspiration. in these difficult times,” added Duremdes.
“We see the huge potential of the MPBL as the largest regional basketball league in the country, so we look forward to a successful partnership not only this season but also in the years to come,” said Atty. Maria Victoria Gilera, OKBet’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer, said.
In addition to being the league’s title sponsor, Gilera said the recreation, entertainment and gaming company also sponsors the Marikina Shoemasters, GenSan Warriors and Sarangani Marlins.
“Dapat noon pa, it’s never too late. This bodes well for the league,” noted Buddy Encarnado, Team Pasig owner and basketball veteran, of the gaming company’s support of the league.
Duremdes said OKBet’s entry will not compromise the integrity of the league, the players and the matches as his office will continue to closely monitor various developments, especially the refereeing.
“I still believe that refereeing is still the key to curbing, if not totally eliminating, match-fixing in the league, which is the function of the commissioner’s office,” the MPBL chief said, adding that the unit of Games and Amusements Board basketball is also there to protect the integrity of the games.
Gilera said OKBet could provide its own data and analysis from its own huge database to help the MPBL provide them with “red flags” regarding trends involving players and matches.