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‘Bubble’ eyed for PBA season restart


The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is considering a bubble option just for its 45th season to finally resume amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

The PBA board will is scheduled to convene in September to determine if the season would push through by mid-October or not.

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said he believes the bubble is the only way for the league to push through with all of its remaining games after a long delay caused by the quarantine measures imposed to contain the outbreak.

"My own feeling as chairman is that we do not have a choice. he model is the NBA (National Basketball Association). We should just go ahead and look forward to the time when we could already play," Vargas said during the online Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum yesterday.

Vargas named facilities in Laguna, Clark, and the Araneta Coliseum as potential venues for the PBA bubble.

He said that his team, TNT, will hold its practices inside Inspire ports Academy in Calamba, Laguna in a bubble format.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial named two more possible venues for the PBA bubble.

“Yesterday, I asked Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro to inquire about places in Batangas and Subic," Marcial said.

He specified that the league is looking at an undisclosed school in Batangas and a golf course in Subic as possible venues.

Only Subic, a metropolitan area in Zambales, and Clark, a metropolitan area in Pampanga that has been stretched to Capas, Tarlac through the New Clark City complex, are under the most lenient Covid-19 quarantine, the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).

Actual professional games are allowed in MGCQ areas, according to the Games and Amusements Board.

The other three venues are in areas under the regular GCQ.

The NBA bubble currently taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando is effective so far in keeping the players away from Covid-19 as no one has tested positive for the illness.

Three other local leagues, the Philippines Football League, the Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas 3x3, and the National Basketball League, have already made known their intention to hold bubbles for their respective seasons.*PNA


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