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MPBL 2023 to Transform PH Basketball

MPBL 2023 to Transform PH Basketball
Date: March 10, 2023 / Author: Maria Abelardo

Table of Contents

  • What to Expect From MPBL 2023
  • OKBet x MPBL Partnership Renewal
  • The Makati OKBet Kings
  • Hungry Teams, Who Will Win?
  • Bataan V Rizal, Quezon V Negros Opener
  • Responsible Gambling 
  • OKBET MPBL 2023

    What to expect in MPBL Season 2023? The readers of this article are provided with an overview of the upcoming season of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). The article discusses the team analysis, teams to play, location, OKBet MPBL Partneship Renewal, Makati Kings, and Manny Pacquiao Responsible Gambling. Additionally, it offers insights into the possible trends and storylines that could emerge in the upcoming season, giving fans a taste of the excitement that awaits them.

    What to Expect From MPBL 2023

    The biggest change fans can expect to see in the coming seasons is the number of teams participating this season. For the first time, 30 fully-fledged basketball teams nationwide will vie to win the MPBL 2023 championship.

    The number of participating teams adds eight more teams from the 22 that competed last season. The increased number makes the Pacquiao-created league one of the largest professional sports leagues in the country. The MPBL can reach more Filipino basketball fans than the PBA by producing exciting basketball games that the public will discuss.

    Six of the new teams competing this season are returning squads from previous MPBL tournaments. Total MPBL newbies will fill the last two slots, providing positive buzz for the cities’ basketball circles. The Quezon Province Huskers and the Negros Muscovados will debut in the popular pro basketball league and are ready to compete with the league’s big dogs.

    Another reason to be excited about the MPBL is the roster shuffles that completely changed how the teams will possibly fare. The teams competing at the top of the standings last season may face difficulty in keeping their spot,s as the injection of talent would have completely changed the playing field.

    Among the most notable roster changes include the departure of two of the league’s most exciting players. Hesed Gabo, who was a key cog to the Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards, signed with the NLEX Road Warriors of the PBA. Saranggani’s Kyt Jimenez left the league to join the Davao Occidental Tigers at the Pilipinas Super League.

    However, the injection of talent should keep things interesting. At the top of can’t miss rookies is Benilde’s Will Gozum.

    OKBet x MPBL Partnership Renewal 

    OKBET MPBL 2023

    The partnership between the MPBL and OKBet includes a range of marketing initiatives and collaborations that are aimed at promoting the league and its teams. This includes the sponsorship of games and events, as well as the promotion of the league on OKBet’s platform. Through the partnership, the MPBL has been able to reach a wider audience and attract more fans to its games.

    A night after Valentine’s Day, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League and gaming platform OKBet renewed their “love affair” in an effort to help more aspiring players realize their dreams.

    “I am excited to continue working with OKBet, one of our trusted partners in promoting sports development and the welfare of our Filipino athletes,” said the former senator at the OKBet Grand Launch dubbed “Together, We Rise” at the Hilton Manila Hotel.

    The renewal of the partnership between the MPBL and OKBet is a testament to the success of their collaboration over the years. The partnership has helped the league to grow and expand its reach, and has also provided opportunities for OKBet to increase its brand visibility in the Philippines. The renewal of the partnership is expected to further enhance the visibility of the league and attract more fans and supporters.

    The Makati OKBet Kings

    Makati is one of the oldest teams in the league, joining in 2018. While their first two tournaments saw them progress to the latter stages of the playoffs, their most recent campaign saw them flounder at the bottom of the ladder with a 2-19 record.

    However, Makati enters a new era of MPBL basketball as they take on the name Makati OKBet Kings. They hope that this partnership with the country’s leading sportsbook will result in better performances for a team hungry for playoff glory.

    Hungry Teams, Who Will Win?

    30 teams are expected to compete for the title, with the addition of Negros Muscovados, the newest to enter the league.

    Returning teams are Bicol Volcanoes, Bulacan Kuyas, Iloilo United Royals, Cebu Casino Ethyl Alcohol, and Parañaque Patriots.

    Quezon Huskers will also compete for the 5th season of MPBL.

    There are a lot of hungry teams this season, particularly the Zamboanga Family’s Brand Sardines. In the recent Invitational of OKBet, the 2022 second runnerup defeated the reigning champions, taking home the P3 million prize.

    Furthermore, Sarangani Marlins, Bacoor City Strikers, Valenzuela XUR Homes Realty, Rizal Golden Coolers, and GenSan Warriors have added extra firepower for this season.

    Dexter Maquiz, the latest addition of Sardines, was phenomenal during the Invitational. He gave a 29-point performance to help them win, 88-80.

    Competition will be fiercer now that 15 teams are competing on each division. It will get fiercer as the season progresses.

    Bataan V Rizal, Quezon V Negros Opener

    The match between Bataan versus Rizal will be the opening salve of the season. It will be followed by newcomers Quezon Huskers and Negros Muscovados.

    The beginning of MPBL 2023 will be held at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City at 4 pm.

    Responsible Gambling 

    Manny Pacquiao, a boxing legend and founder of the MPBL, is happy to support the most prominent gaming platform in the country for the upcoming fifth regular season.

    “We remain committed to protecting the integrity of the gaming industry as partner advocates for responsible gaming,” said Manny Pacquiao.

    Pacquiao praised OKBet for sharing the goals of the MPBL to provide more opportunities to talented people and help the local sports scene recover from the pandemic.


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