In 1938, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has been established which is a sports organization of eight universities in the Philippines. Each year, teams from universities play in 15 sports. Basketball is the most popular sport, most watched and most supported in the Philippines. Only four out of the eight member universities take part in all sports, namely the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University-Manila, the University of the Philippines, and the University of Santo Tomas.
The professional basketball league in the Philippines is The Philippine Basketball Association or PBA which is found in 1975. It is the first and the oldest professional basketball league in Asia. The league’s rules are a combination of FIBA’s and the National Basketball Association’s rules. Commissioner Sonny Barrios is currently The league head.