Marcial opts to stay quiet until OIC stint is over
One of the many questions that the PBA needed to answer heading into the board members' first board meeting for 2018 which is set on January 26, 2018, is: Who will be the new PBA commissioner to take over from now-resigned Chito Narvasa? There are many names that have been included in the list of possible candidates to take the league's top post which includes Rebu Saguisag, Charles Chua, among others. But now, even Wilie Marcial, the long-time chief of the PBA Media Bureau, also acting as the OIC upon the effectivity of Narvasa's resignation, has his name included in the possible candidates to take the top post.
Apparently, several parties are said to be making the big push for Willie Marcial to be formally named as the league's new commissioner. After all, Mr. Marcial has gradually started implementing changes in the PBA which includes allowing more physicality to come into play during games. And that's not surprising if Marcial's name is included in the choices because like it or not, Marcial's plans for the league sounds better for the PBA and for the fans in effect.
However, Willie Marcial intends to wait until his stint as OIC is finished by the end of the month before making any further moves, noting that he doesn't know if the board will eventually give him the post of commissioner.
Question: Is Willie Marcial as commissioner good for the PBA?
As mentioned above, Willie Marcial has managed to keep the ground running upon Narvasa's departure and has implemented noteworthy changes in the short period of time that he has been the league's temporary caretaker.
So if you are one of the board members, would you still look elsewhere for a new commissioner if your OIC is doing a great job?
This pundit on wheels isn't saying that Willie Marcial should be the next PBA commissioner but for the sake of the continuity of good things that have been happening in the PBA right now, this pundit thinks that the board should consider naming Marcial as the commissioner because it will benefit the league and it can definitely help repair the strained between the PBA and the basketball-loving Filipino fans.
While Willie Marcial has indicated earlier that he only intends to help in the selection of a new process, hearing him say that he will rather wait for the end of his OIC stint before making any further plans, says one thing: that he would welcome the league's decision if it decides to name him as Chito Narvasa's successor.
But then again, the call is up to the board itself.