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The first PBA logo primarily used from to The logo is currently being used for the league's marketing materials since This is much like what was done in other countries to circumvent the amateur requirement and to play in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments such as the Olympics.
Leopoldo Prieto , the coach for the Philippines at the Melbourne Olympics , was appointed as the first commissioner and Emerson Coseteng of Mariwasa-Noritake was chosen as the first president of the league's Board of Governors.
The league's first 10 years was known for the intense rivalry of the Crispa Redmanizers and the Toyota Tamaraws , still considered as one of the greatest rivalries in league history. There, the league continued to be popular, as several former Toyota and Crispa players suited up for different teams.
During the mid to late 80s, Jaworski and Ginebra San Miguel became the league's most popular squad for their "never say die" attitude.
Second PBA logo officially used from to used as secondary logo from to In , FIBA voted to allow professionals to play in their sanctioned tournaments, hence the PBA's players are now able to represent the country internationally.
In , the league sent its first all-professional squad to the Asian Games , earning a silver medal. The PBA would later send three more all-pro squads to the event.
The early s saw Ginebra and Shell forming an intense rivalry that included Ginebra's walkout in finals against Shell and the team's dramatic comeback from a deficit to beat Shell in the First Conference. Patrimonio, Allan Caidic , and a host of others became the league's main attraction.
By , the league moved to the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay and later saw the Alaska Milkmen win the grand slam and nine titles in the decade. From , the PBA endured controversy. Their lineage was questionable and most of them were deported for falsifying documents. The arrival of dozens of these players was a counter to the fledgling Metropolitan Basketball Association , a regional-based professional league formed in In , the league introduced drastic scheduling changes, when it decided to begin the season in October instead of January.
The change in starting the season allowed the league to accommodate international tournaments held from June to September and it fit better with college hoops, the NCAA and the UAAP , whose seasons run from June to October. The league also reduced the number of conferences from three to two, renaming the All-Filipino Cup as the Philippine Cup and introducing a new import laden tournament named as the Fiesta Conference.
In , however, the all-amateur Smart Gilas team became the country's official representative in international competitions. The PBA's role in forming a national team was thus reduced to sending up reinforcements to beef up the national squad.
After the appointment of Chito Salud , son of former commissioner Rudy Salud as the commissioner of the PBA, the league returned the three-conference format starting in the season.
This also ushered the return of the previously retired conferences, the Commissioner's and Governors' cups. The beginning of 's also saw the dominance of the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters , who nearly got the Grand Slam in the —11 season and won the Philippine Cup in three consecutive years —11 , —12 , —13 enabling them to permanently keep possession of the Jun Bernardino Trophy , the trophy given to the Philippine Cup champions.
On May 19, , the third game of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals between the Alaska Aces and the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel set the all-time basketball attendance record of 23, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum ,  which broke the previous record of 23, set 11 days earlier that featured the semifinals series doubleheader between Alaska vs.
San Mig Coffee and Barangay Ginebra vs. Talk 'N Text.
Tim Cone , the coach of the Coffee Mixers also made history when he became the first coach to win two Grand Slams. For the —15 season , the league expanded to twelve teams, after accepting two new franchises: Kia Sorento and Blackwater Elite.
The league held its opening ceremonies at the Philippine Arena and set an all-time Philippine basketball attendance record of 52, The Commissioner who will also be the league's Chief Operating Officer will handle game-related matters. The said position was eventually dissolved before the start of the Governors' Cup.
Amid controversies during his term, Narvasa stepped down on December 31, Season format[ edit ] Unlike other leagues, there is no "season champion" of the PBA. Instead, the season is divided into conferences or tournaments not to be confused with the definition of a " conference " in a sporting context as a grouping of teams based on geography or historical affiliation , wherein the teams compete for a conference cup.
The winners of the conference cups do not face each other at the end of the season to determine the season champion; instead all conference champions are league champions, with the Philippine Cup being the most prestigious conference of the season. Since the —11 season , the conferences were named Philippine , Commissioner's and Governors' Cups, usually ending in a best-of-seven series where the winner took the conference cup.
A draft is held after the season-ending Governors' Cup. An opening ceremony is held before the start of the first game of the season. The conference format is similar to Apertura and Clausura in Latin American football. Teams[ edit ] All franchises are owned by corporations. They are not based on geographic locale, so they do not play in a home arena.
A team's name is often divided into two parts; the first is the company or brand name, then the product or a moniker - usually connected to the business of the company. In some cases, the brand name and the moniker can be fused. Philippine Basketball Association current teams Team.