The Philippine Basketball Association will impose a 20% pay cut on all teams while the league is on hold and awaiting the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines.
The cut covers all league employees, players, coaches and team personnel.
Utility workers, however, are excluded and are entitled to receive full salary despite the stoppage.
During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, commissioner Willie Marcial and vice chairman Bobby Rosales announced the proposed pay cut and disclosed that getting the PBA family vaccinated is the first order of the day before a timeline and location for the upcoming season is considered.
“Everyone understands the situation, and this is a temporary measure,” said Marcial. “The team owners have taken care of all of us all these months. Sixteen months na tayong inaalagaan sa gitna ng pandemya. It’s about time tayo naman ang mag-contribute sa kanila.”
“The salary cut was just one of the measures presented by the commissioner. The board was in unison in appreciating this sacrifice. I think the commissioner exercised prudence because of the uncertainty of when we can open the season,” added Rosales
The league will restore full pay once the national government gives the green light for scrimmages.
“The question really is when can we have the PBA family vaccinated? That is the big question mark. If we want to open soon, then we will have to start vaccination. If everybody is vaccinated, then it will be easier for the government, the IATF to allow the season to open,” explained the Terrafirma governor.