THE PBA calendar for the new season takes priority when the league's board of governors departs for Las Vegas on Friday for its annual planning session.
The league's calendar will not be easy to lay down during the four-day meet as it will have to adjust to the schedule of the Philippine men's team, especially if it qualifies for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China.
After adjusting its schedule this season to make way for the campaigns of the national team in the windows of the World Cup qualifiers, the league reverts back to its old schedule of opening the season every January.
The 44th season of the league is set to kick off on January 13.
"We have to discuss yung schedule ng liga especially kung makapasok tayo sa World Cup," said Willie Marcial, who is set to preside over his first planning session as commissioner.
Chairman Ricky Vargas of TnT Katropa and Marcial will make a report about the ongoing season that is expected to come to a close in the first week of December.
Also up for discussion is the format for the season and the height limit for imports in both the Commissioner's Cup and the Governors Cup.
Vargas will also turn over the chairmanship post to his vice-chairman Dickie Bachmann of Alaska.
Aside from Marcial, Vargas, and Bachmann, also joining the session are Alfrancis Chua (Barangay Ginebra), Rene Pardo (Magnolia Pambansang Manok), Robert Non (San Miguel), Rod Franco (NLEX), Al Panlilio (Meralco), Siliman Sy (Blackwater), Bobby Rosales (Columbian Dyip), Atty. Mamerto Mondragon (Rain or Shine), Eric Arejola (NorthPort), and Atty. Raymund Zorilla (Phoenix).
Panlilio, also president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), will join the board from New York City where he met with NBA deputy commissioner and CEO Mark Tatum.