P5-M TANDUAY FINE OVER ALVARADO CASE
Manila, June 7, 2000 - The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Office is set to slap Tanduay with fines which can go as high as P5 million over the weird case of Sonny Alvarado.
Tanduay's actions in the wake of the Alvarado fiasco had forced the cancellation of two playdates and almost caused the scrapping of the All-Filipino Cup.
Commissioner Jun Bernardino is expected to hand out the ruling in the next few days.
Fortunately, Tanduay can expect to be spared of the suspension and expulsion the league had initially threatened to slap on the sophomore team, judging from the statements and actions of league chairman Wilfred Uytengsu.
Tanduay will stand as a new league high, exceeding the P550,000.00 penalty former Commissioner Rudy Salud slapped on Ginebra when it walked out of Game Six of its finals duel against Shell in the 1990 First Conference.
Sources place the actual damages caused by the two cancelled playdates in the vicinity of P5 million. That includes an estimated P1.16 million in expected gate receipts and about P3.6 million in TV revenues.
Fortunately, Viva-Vintage, the league's carrying arm, has already said that it will not seek damages for earnings it had lost as a result of the two cancelled games.
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