PBA not leaving anything to chance with stricter protocols than NBA | Inquirer Sports

PBA not leaving anything to chance with stricter protocols than NBA

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 04:06 PM September 29, 2020
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Arrival of teams in the PBA Bubble. CDC PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The NBA and its campus-like environment at Walt Disney World in Orlando served as the golden standard for the PBA’s own bubble restart in Clark, Pampanga.

While both are following the same concept, the PBA’s version is more stringent when it comes to the safety and health guidelines.


“The benchmark is the NBA,” said Vince Dizon, president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), during a press conference Tuesday. “But we have protocols that are stricter than what we see in the NBA.”

For the PBA restart, players on the bench are required to wear masks.


Family members of players are also not allowed to enter the bubble at any point of the season.

Giving high-fives or other forms of celebrations during games are also discouraged.

Welcoming of the PBA in Clark, Pampanga Quest Hotel, Clark, Pampanga September 29, 2020

Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Secretary Vince Dizon, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) President and CEO Noel Manankil and Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner Willie Marcial hold a press conference on the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga. Five (5) PBA teams arrived at the Quest Hotel in Mimosa on Monday (28 September 2020) while the remaining seven (7) teams will enter the bubble today (29 September 2020). The PBA bubble hopes to serve as a model of success of living under the new normal, with safety as the top priority. Upon arrival, the teams and personnel are subjected to RT-PCR tests as part of the strict health and safety protocols. #PBATuloyAngLaban#ClarkItWorksLikeADream#WeHealAsOne

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An individual, whether a player or coach, who leaves the bubble won’t be allowed to return even if the reason for exiting was an excused family emergency.


“Samin papayagan po namin umuwi pag talagang emergency. Malaman naman namin yan kung emergency eh. Pwede umuwi pero hindi na makakabalik. Once na lumabas ka hindi ka na makakabalik,” PBA commissioner Willie Marcial stressed.

(We’re going to allow them to go home if it’s really an emergency because we will know if it really is an emergency. They can go home but they won’t be able to return. Once you leave the bubble you’re not allowed to go back.)

The first batch of teams entered the bubble Monday while the second and last batch is expected to arrive Tuesday.

The Philippine Cup is scheduled to resume on October 11 at Angeles University Foundation gym. Two games will be played every day.

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