We’ve already heard that the Philippine Premier League will be focusing more on fan engagement as well as bringing the sport closer to the masses but how are the fans taking these statements from league commissioner Bernie Sumayao and the rest of the PPL?
Media Release of the Philippine Premier League earlier today pic.twitter.com/lth7pipQ0E
— Philippine Premier League (@PhilPremLeague) January 23, 2019
For us, these are basically good news as it will give the journalists more avenue to write about the league as well as to provide quality news for the masses. However, here at PinoyFootball.com, we would like to hear directly from the fans how they felt and to know if their expectations for the new league have been met.
We spoke with some of the most passionate fans in the country, football players who look up to the ones in the big leagues as well as from some of the new fans learning more about the beautiful game. Let’s see what they have to say:
1) Neil Adrian Magsambol- Kaya FC-Iloilo fan
“I’m hopeful after the news. Mas positive ako dito compared sa PFL. Well planned, ika nga sa napag usapan natin, baby steps. Yung interests ng other clubs to join is a positive sign. In my opinion, the upcoming league has better format kesa sa home and away considering yung current situation ng club football sa bansa. Excited ako.”
2) Calvin Pagara- Philippine Air Force fan
“I think its a good direction, whatever sells towards the masses to come to the games. I hope the locals are given priority as much as the league probably need foreign players. I’m just really excited to have my club back in the game.. the lads back and having no voice on Mondays!”
3) Bency Villanueva- former team captain, Mapua Football Team
“I like the positive take nung mga statements na binigay. Big impact din talaga ung televised sya. Though ok din if may live stream from website kagaya ng PBA. Fans will be there as long as na feel nilang engaged sila and they to belong a community. Ayun sana maging focus muna nila yon pano mag build ng community instead of business. Tsaka yun galingan nalang sa pag market.”
4) Jan Eleven Gozon- Ceres-Negros FC fan
“Based on what sir bernie said, the PPL looks promising. Especially na merong TV coverage. that’s a great news. that way makakapag-reach out pa ng maraming audience ang football.and with the lower fee maraming team na makakasali which will make it more exciting and competitive. Though walang provincial games that can be a bit of a downside especially for us Ceres fans here in Negros but ‘ika nga nila if gusto maraming paraan para makapanood ng live. we (ultras ceres) can travel to manila naman to watch our clubs games live. over all this is a new daw and a great restart to PH football. susuportahan namin to as it goes. we’ll let the league starts and see how it goes from there. more power to PPL!”
5) Huey Jurisprudencia Remulla- Ceres-Negros FC fan
“I like how Mr. Bernie is trying to listen to the tired fans. I like that he’s practical. We can’t afford the home and away games at this time. Filipinos are not football crazy. At least, not yet. I know it’s going to be an unpopular opinion na di lagi may home games lalo na yung ang bulk ng live match following ay nasa probinsya, per, unfortunately, it has to be this way eh. Otherwise mamamatay ang liga. I am excited that PAF and GAU might finally play with the likes of Kaya and Ceres. Who knows? Sumayao might end up surprising us.”
Clearly the fans were seeing the changes that the league will face come it’s opening day but the only question that stands for now is, will the league live up to its expectations? Let us know in the comes what you think about the revamped top-flight club football in our country!