The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup is one of three conferences in the league’s season. The competition features a single-round robin format, with the top four teams progressing to the semifinals. The semifinals and finals are best-of-five series, respectively. The Commissioner’s Cup is the PBA’s second conference. It is also the only league that allows clubs to bring in a single international player, known as a “import.” Because clubs may field their top players, the Commissioner’s Cup becomes a more intriguing and competitive conference. The Commissioner’s Cup is also one of the most popular PBA conferences. Because the top teams in the conference generally compete for the title, it is frequently viewed as a preview of the playoffs.

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What is PBA Commissioner's Cup?

The PBA Commissioner’s Cup is among the most important competitions in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), the Philippines’ professional basketball league. It is one of three conferences comprising the PBA season, the Philippine Cup, and the Governors’ Cup.

This conference distinguishes out for one reason in particular: the import players. Each club is permitted to field an import, adding excitement and rivalry to the games. The PBA Commissioner’s Cup, which takes place from April to July, has been a fixture on the PBA schedule since its beginning.

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History of the PBA Commissioner's Cup

The Commissioner’s Cup is named after the late PBA commissioner Rudy Salud. Salud pioneered Philippine basketball and was instrumental in creating the PBA. The Commissioner’s Cup was first staged in 1993 as the PBA’s second conference. When the Invitational Championship was revived in 2003, it was replaced. After the league re-adopted the three-conference system in 2011, it was re-instated as the second conference of the PBA season.

List of PBA Commissioner's Cup Champions

Several PBA teams have carved their names in history as Commissioner’s Cup champions. These winners have imprinted in Philippine basketball history by displaying remarkable collaboration, skill, and dedication. From its inception in 1993, this tournament has consistently showcased the best of Philippine basketball. Over the years, legendary teams such as the San Miguel Beermen, Alaska Milkmen, and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel have etched their names into the annals of basketball history, demonstrating their prowess and skill on the court.

Some of the most successful Commissioner’s Cup teams in history include:

Alaska Milkmen1993
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs1994
San Miguel Beermen1995
Alaska Milkmen1996
San Miguel Beermen1997
Shell Rimula X1998
San Miguel Beermen1999
San Miguel Beermen2000
Sta. Lucia Realtors2001
San Miguel Beermen2002
No tournament2003
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters2011
San Miguel Beermen2012
San Miguel Beermen2013
San Miguel Beermen2014
San Miguel Beermen2015
Alaska Aces2016
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel2017
Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok2018
San Miguel Beermen2019
No tournament2020
TNT Tropang Giga2021
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel2022
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel2023

Top Franchise Team with the Most Championships in Commissioner's Cup

San Miguel Beermen4
Alaska Aces3
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel3
Alaska Milkmen2
Purefoods TJ Hotdogs1
Shell Rimula X1
Sta. Lucia Realtors1
Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters1
Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok1
TNT Tropang Giga1

Best Player of the Conference

SeasonBest PlayerTeam
1994Alvin PatrimonioPurefoods
1995Vergel MenesesSunkist
1996Bong HawkinsAlaska
1997Johnny AbarrientosAlaska
1998Kenneth DuremdesAlaska
1999Benjie Paras*Shell
2000Danny IldefonsoSan Miguel
2001Danny IldefonsoSan Miguel
2002Davonn HarpRed Bull
2011Jimmy AlapagTalk 'N Text
2012Mark CaguioaBarangay Ginebra
2013LA TenorioBarangay Ginebra
2014Jayson CastroTalk 'N Text
2015Jayson CastroTalk 'N Text
2016Calvin AbuevaAlaska
2017Chris RossSan Miguel
2018June Mar FajardoSan Miguel
2019Jayson CastroTNT
2022–23Scottie ThompsonBarangay Ginebra



The PBA Commissioner’s Cup games may be on various sports networks and streaming platforms. For broadcasting information, visit the official PBA website.

The PBA Commissioner’s Cup is held yearly from April through July. Keep an eye on the official PBA schedule for further information.

Commissioner’s Cup tickets are typically accessible through approved ticketing partners and venues. Ticket information may be found on the PBA website.

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