PBA looking to save season and resume Philippine Cup

The PBA board is optimistic that they can make a comeback this year (tv5.espn.com)

By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) found a glimmer of hope after Taiwan and South Korea started to re-open their basketball leagues.

With PBA commissioner Willie Marcial having already held two online meetings together with his board regarding their fate, the overall league chief is optimistic towards their return after Taiwan and South Korea’s move.

The PBA can also copy the NBA’s approach after the latter reopened training facilities.

“May mga NBA teams na nagbukas na ng practice facilities nila at posibleng mag-resulta sa pag resume ng NBA season. Pati yung Major League baseball malamang magbukas na ulit sa July, tapos yung football naman sa Europe magre-resume na rin. Kaya lahat ng mga ito kahit paano nagbibigay ng pag-asa sa atin na mare-resume natin yung season ng PBA,” Marcial said.

Marcial said that they have to understand the circumstances well regarding their decision-making because the National Capital Region (NCR) is under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until May 31 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During their last online meeting, it was agreed that the board will issue their first moves by August because they are still waiting for whatever the government will impose regarding the current health crisis the country is facing.

“The board decision is to wait until August. Medyo matagal pa yon. Hopefully, by that time, medyo okay na, and allowed na ang gathering for a sports event, like the PBA,” Marcial added.