Salud says Romero still interested in PBA, may apply formally after season

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Mikee Romero still has not filed his application for a PBA franchise, but league commissioner Chito Salud said he still expects the businessman to come through on his promise to try to join the league.

“We expect Mikee to make a formal application right after the finals,” Salud told InterAKTV.

Romero had earlier held talks with the league about joining the PBA either through an expansion squad or by buying an existing franchise.

“A lot of good things have happened in the PBA recently. I believe this is the best time to join,” Romero told InterAKTV last month. “I hope the board will allow us to join and participate in the PBA starting September.”

But after saying that he will definitely file an application, the businessman still hasn’t submitted the pertinent paperwork to the league.

PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the league has prepared a calendar for a 10-team or an 11-team cast for when Romero’s application pushes through.

Romero, whose Harbour Centre team established a dynasty in the PBL and whose Philippine Patriots team, which he co-owns with businessman Tony Boy Cojuangco, won the inaugural staging of the ASEAN Basketball League, has been knocking on the PBA door for quite some time now.

In 2009, Romero had an agreement with the Lina Group to purchase the Burger King franchise and was handed control of the PBA squad, but the deal fell through.

A year later, Harbour Centre also had a co-branding sponsorship deal with the cash-strapped Barako Bull franchise.

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