Chooks To Go In, Alaska Aces Out?
The future of Alaska Aces in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is still uncertain.
One of the most storied franchise in PBA history, there have been numerous reports that Alaska is on its way out of the professional league.
The rumors only fortified when former PBA Board of Governor Wilfred Uytengsu made a fiery statement regarding the league’s “salary cap” only over a year ago, as well as Chooks-To-Go franchise taking over eventually as soon as Alaska steps down.
Sports insider Snow Badua first revealed the details regarding the reason behind Alaska’s intention of withdrawing themselves in PBA.
“Three kuligligs already told me that ALASKA is said to be on its way out,” Badua said on Twitter.
“I hope the organization gives light on this TRUTHFULLY to finally settle the concern of their die-hards. After all, they are one of the most loved franchises in the league. I hope the organization answers this to finally settle the concern of their die-hards.”
The said franchise, as well as PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, have yet to speak up regarding the major move, however, Chooks-To-Go has bee planning to enter the league since 2017.
“Kuliglig told me that back in 2017, NLEX was supposed to be used as CHOOKS-to-GO team. Reason why suddenly Magnolia brand came back. Problem now: If and when Chooks to Go will acquire a franchise like ALASKA, they will face stiff opposition from board as they are “MVP-colored,” Badua said.
“Plans to acquire a team (multi-titled franchise) might face steep opposition. 1. They need to secure 3/4 vote. 2. What product to promote when Chooks to Go is a competitor of current team Magnolia. Do you know the reason why from Purefoods Star, the team suddenly used Magnolia?”
Abante has tried to reach out to the Alaska management, as well as head coach Jeffrey Cariaso regarding the news.
Still, Cariaso remains optimistic that the Aces will remain competitive as soon as the season resumes.
To be honest, I’m really excited with what we are going to do,” Cariaso said on Spin.ph podcast. “Right now, we are at the point that guys are enjoying playing together. We all have a goal. All 12 teams have a goal of winning a championship. Why else are we here if not to win it all?”