The PBA Commissioner’s Cup is a tournament of the Philippine Basketball Association. Along with the PBA Governors’ Cup, the tournament (also named as “conference”) is one of the two competitions in a PBA season that allows teams to hire a single foreign player, also known as an “import”. The tournament was first held in 1993 as the PBA season’s second competition.
The tournament was discontinued when the Invitational Championship was reintroduced in 2003. From 2004 to 2010, the league decreased their tournaments per season from three to two competitions; one All-Filipino tournament, named as the Philippine Cup and one with imports, named as the Fiesta Conference The tournament was re-instated in 2011 as the second competition of the PBA season after the league re-adopted the three conference format.
The Commissioner’s Cup also refers to the trophy awarded to the champion team.
From 1993 to 1997, the teams were divided into two groups in the group stage. The teams in the same group will play against each other once and against teams in the other group twice. After the eliminations, the top five teams will advance to a double-round robin semifinals.
A playoff incentive will be given to a team that will win five of their eight semifinal games should they fail to get the top two finals berths. The top two teams (or the No. 1 team and the winner of the playoff between team with at least 5 semifinal wins and the No. 2 team) will face each other in a best-of-seven championship series.
In 1995, a slightly modified post eliminations format was adopted. Instead, the top six teams will advance to the quarterfinal round for another single round robin.
The top four team will then be seeded in a best-of-five series with the winners advancing to the finals.