Saturday, July 5, 2014

UAAP Season 77: What's The Big Deal, Mark Molina Asks

Here is what FEU's athletic director (and Ateneo alumnus and former Blue Eagles head coach) Mark Molina had to say about the dissatisfaction voiced regarding the schedule of UAAP Season 77's first ADMU-DLSU game:

I'm gonna go ahead and just chalk that up to forgetfulness, at best. Because there's no big deal with that game being played on a Sunday morning—y'know, aside from that fact that ADMU-DLSU is one of the marquee matchups, if not the marquee matchup, in the Men's Division of the UAAP basketball tournament.

Let's face it: men's basketball and women's volleyball are the UAAP's cash cows, and ADMU-DLSU matchups give the most meat and milk.

(Sorry, the metaphor got away from me.)

It should be remembered that the UAAP's split ticket scheme came about a few years back because there was, and is, so much interest in Blue Eagles-versus-Green Archers games. Don't just take my word for it; ask the Philippine Basketball Association, which has staged—and presumably profited from—a few ADMU-DLSU alumni games.

I mean no offense to the other teams, but for the past few years at least, there has been no other regular season matchup that has called for the split ticket scheme. It just makes more sense for the UAAP to have ADMU-DLSU in the main game slot. To borrow a WWE catchphrase, it what's best for business.

But what do I know?

[7 July 2014 Edit]

ABS-CBN Sports promises that the game will be telecast live.

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