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    THE planned PBA bubble is just getting bigger and farther.

    Exploratory talks are now ongoing on the league holding the restart of its season in Dubai, which expressed interest in creating a bubble at the Coca-Cola Arena where teams and players will stay during the course of the Philippine Cup.

    Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed on Thursday the initial communication between the league and Mark Jan Kar, the commercial director of the famed arena in Dubai, which hosted official PBA games in the past.

    “Nag-inquire sila tungkol sa ano ang mga kailangan kasi very willing sila to have the PBA bubble in Dubai,” said the commissioner.

    Marcial said he already had some exchanges of emails with Kar about the matter.

    But the commissioner said everything is just a discussion and talks are still in its early stage.

    Marcial did admit a lot of people expressed interest in hosting the league bubble since he and PBA Board chairman Ricky Vargas announced during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) online forum about plans by the league to adopt the same concept used by the NBA to successfully restart its season.

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    Vargas mentioned the likes of Laguna (Inspire Sports Academy), Batangas, Subic, and the Smart Araneta Coliseum as among the places they are considering where a PBA bubble can be created.

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    There are also those who are suggesting Palawan, Baguio, and Laoag, all of which hosted the league All-Stars game in the past.

    TnT Katropa is currently at the Inspire Sports Academy where it set up its own training bubble for the next three weeks of which Vargas said the team will try to give inputs to the league whether the facilities inside the National University campus is capable of hosting the PBA season restart.

    “Because nandoon na kami, we can probably share our own experience also,” he said.

    But PBA personnel led by deputy commissioner Eric Castro will likewise do its own inspection of the training facility.

    “The PBA will do its own determination,” said Vargas. “In the end, it’s the PBA that will compare it to other facilities that are available.”

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