PBA Season 46 to remain on hold until COVID-19 cases decline

The PBA won’t be able to stage its 46th Season until COVID-19 cases in the country start going down.

League commissioner Willie Marcial bared on Thursday the conditions set by the national government a day after he, together with SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua, met with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Senator Bong Go in Malacañang.

Marcial stressed that not even the vaccination of the entire PBA family would be enough to get the go-signal.

“Nag-request tayo kung ano pupuwede. Sinabi nila na, one, kailangan bumaba talaga ang ating cases ng COVID. Kung hindi bababa, baka hindi tayo makapaglaro,” explained Marcial during a virtual press briefing.

“Nag-request ako sa kanya na kung pupuwede, bigyan tayo ng pagkakataon para makapag-umpisa na ang PBA na makapaglaro at magsimula ng ensayo. Depende sa IATF kung bababa ang cases natin o ganito, bakit hindi,” added Chua.

While a bubble is still one of the setups being considered, the league is more amenable to a closed-circuit arrangement wherein teams can go home after practices and games.

Once the league gets the green light from the IATF, Marcial said that the league is targeting a June opening with two conferences running until December.

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@peepso_user_127(Kram Aleta)
Siguro kung aantayin yung pagdecline ng COVID-19 cases malabo na magresume yung PBA. Di pa din natin masabi kung kailan magdecline ito or kung kailan ito matatapos. Like in India after they announced na COVID free na sila in March biglabigla nagkaruon ng surge. Dito from time to time yung numbers parang Spaghetti song pataas o pababa. Yung mga kababayan natin walang dispilina lalo na sa NCR+ kahit anong iclassify na quarantine talagang merong mga pasaway. Siguro if they really want to resume its season they will consider another bubble setup yung medyo mababa sa cost ng BubbleClark while waiting for the vaccines and lighter quarantine in the NCR+ . Baka pwede irevisit ni PBAComm yung merong 2LGUs willing to host the PBA Bubble yung sa Ilocos at yung isang di nabanggit ni PBAComm Marcial. Then pwede siguro natin i-apply or i-pattern sa NBA yung health restrictions and safety protocols since yung ibang NBA teams waiting pa din for their vaccines while season is on-going. After na mavacc… Read more
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