PBA leaning toward playing two-conference season

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 07 2020 07:24 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2020 08:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines--The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is leaning toward holding a two-conference season, commissioner Willie Marcial said on Tuesday.

This development comes after the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine until April 30, as the government tries to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"Regarding sa operations, ang tinutumbok natin ay two conferences," Marcial told ABS-CBN News on Tuesday night. 

This was the agreement of the PBA Board of Governors after its meeting via video conference, he added.

However, Marcial stressed that this was far from a done deal.

"Depende pa rin kung ano ang magiging sitwasyon after April 30," he said. "As of now, andoon tayo sa two conferences."

" 'Pag April 30, di pa pwede ang mga mass gatherings, baka mag-one conference," he added. "Ang concern talaga nila ay 'yung welfare ng mga players and fans."

What's certain is that a full, three-conference season is out of the question now.

"Hindi na tayo aatras. 'Pag umatras tayo, 'yung kalendaryo naman for next year ang maapektuhan," said Marcial.

The fate of the PBA D-League is still up in the air, especially after the UAAP officially cancelled Season 82 also on Tuesday.

"Ang D-League, depende rin kung ano gagawin ng universities. Kung ika-cancel nila, baka pwede sila maglaro. Baka gusto nila laruin. So pag-uusapan pa," said Marcial.

"Ang 3x3, diretso 'yan. 'Pag nagsimula na ang PBA, siguro after three weeks, lalaro na ang 3x3," he said.

The PBA opened its 45th season on March 8, with San Miguel Beer beating Magnolia in the lone game of the night. But just three days later, the league announced that it was suspending all of its activities in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Marcial has since instructed all teams to stop practicing and follow the rules of the enhanced community quarantine. 

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