The PBA Board of Governors are set to meet next week and discuss the fate of the stalled 2021 Governors’ Cup.
The league welcomed back the fans inside the venue last December but was forced to call off the season-ending conference at the onset of the new year due to a sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Aside from the games, full practices and scrimmages were also disallowed following the IATF’s decision to put the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces under Alert Level 3.
But with teams continuing to pay their imports as well as their local players, league commissioner Willie Marcial said that a decision whether to push through or cancel entirely will have to be made as soon as possible.
“Kausap ko rin si chairman Ricky Vargas naman, ang aming chairman. Magtatawag kami ng board meeting next week, para pag-usapan na nga kung ano ang dapat gawin. Kung saan papatungo ang PBA. ‘Yun ang gagawin natin,” stressed Marcial during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday morning.
“Pag nag-meeting kami next week, malamang ‘yan na ‘yung fate ng PBA, kung saan tayo papatungo. Diyan natin malalaman, by next week. So, ano ba — tutuloy ba natin, hindi ba natin tutuloy? Ano gagawin natin sa imports? Ano gagawin natin sa players? Ano ng gagawin? So by next week, siguro may konti ng liwanag kung papaano tayo, kung saan tayo pupunta,” he added.
As per Marcial, the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has also given its permission for the league to proceed provided a hybrid bubble setup is observed. All team and league personnel must strictly adhere to a home-venue-home protocol.
“Kausap ko si (GAB) chairman (Baham) Mitra last Sunday morning na sinabi niya na nag-endorse na sila ng letter sa IATF, na payagan tayong maglaro ng tinatawag nilang Type C bubble. ‘Yung home-venue-home,” explained the former league statiscian.
“Nag-endorse na sila. So nagpasalamat ako sa kanya, na malaking bagay sa atin ‘yun,” he added.