PBA to decide on fate of season in August

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2020 09:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- The PBA Board of Governors will wait until August before making a definite decision regarding the fate of the league's 45th season.

"Maghihintay kami until August to decide whether it's still a go, or a season cancellation," said PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, after a two-hour teleconference with the league board.

Also discussed during the online meeting, headed by chairman Ricky Vargas of TNT KaTropa, was the status of each player -- especially those with expiring contracts.

The Board unanimously passed a proposal to suspend any player trade proposals as well as transactions to sign up free agents.

"The only transaction allowed is re-signing players whose contracts have lapsed," said Marcial.

The teams may opt not to sign the players right away during the league hiatus. However, they have to sign the players within five days of the resumption of practices, or the players become unrestricted free agents. 

All PBA activities have been suspended since March as the country deals with the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

As for the resumption of the league, the decision will depend on the government's lifting of the ban on mass gatherings.

According to the latest guidelines by the Inter-Agency Task Force, sports-related gatherings are still not allowed in areas under enhanced and general community quarantine.

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