PBA sets August deadline to decide on fate of 45th season | Inquirer Sports

PBA sets August deadline to decide on fate of 45th season

By: - Reporter / @cedelfptINQ
/ 09:09 PM May 02, 2020

Magnolia San Miguel PBA

Magnolia’s Paul Lee shoots over San Miguel Beer’s Mo Tautuaa during the opening game of the 45th Season of the PBA on March 8, 2020 at Araneta Coliseum. The PBA hasn’t had another game since after suspending its season indefinitely on March 11 due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Basketball Association will announce the fate of its 45th season in August, following the government’s decision to prohibit sports events when Metro Manila moves into general community quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial told the Inquirer Saturday night that the Board headed by chair Ricky Vargas of TNT KaTropa unanimously decided to set an August deadline, before making any moves regarding the season.


At the latest, Marcial said the Philippine Cup can resume in October with teams given one month to practice before the games.


If the tournament can’t resume in October, Marcial said the league will cancel the entire season and just focus on preparation for the next in early 2021.

Marcial said the next three months gives the league time to observe the developments with a GCQ being implemented in Metro Manila.

“The Board didn’t want to make a decision right away and instead observe the developments from now until August,” said Marcial.

“Hopefully there will be a breakthrough in the fight against the virus which can allow us to push through with the season. Of course, the health and safety of the players, coaches, fans and the PBA family remain a priority.”

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link.

TAGS: Basketball, coronavirus, enhanced community quarantine, lockdown, outbreak, pandemic, PBA, PBA Season 45, Sports, Willie Marcial

© Copyright 1997-2024 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.