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    PBA board narrows 'bubble season' venue options down to three

    Sep 11, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    THERE are now just three sites that are being considered by the PBA to hold its bubble for the 2020 season.

    PBA commissioner Willie Marcial bared that the three sites were shortlisted following a lengthy board of governors meeting on Friday, but he declined to reveal its identities.

    Marcial said the PBA board of governors will hold another round of meetings next week to finalize not just the venue for the bubble but also the kind of bubble the league will be mounting and the tournament format to be followed.

    Marcial said the PBA is looking at either a pure bubble similar to the NBA, a hotel-to-venue-to-hotel bubble, or a closed circuit bubble similar to the German Bundesliga format in which players, coaches, and staff travel only from their homes to either practice venue or game venue and back.


      Marcial said four sites made presentations to the board on Friday, namely the Lio Estate Resorts in El Nido, Marriot Hotel in Pasay City, Pontefino Hotel in Batangas, and Clark in Pampanga.

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      He didn’t state whether they are in the PBA board shortlist.

      “By next week, magtatawag uli kami ng board meeting kasi nag-cut down na sila ng shortlist. Pag-uusapan na namin kung anong klaseng bubble at kung anong klaseng format,” said Marcial.

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      Following the resumption of practices, the PBA is now looking at holding a bubble that was the formula that the NBA is implementing for the completion of the 2019-2020 season.

      Several sites have expressed interest in hosting the PBA bubble, the most outspoken of which is Pampanga governor Dennis Pineda, who on Thursday supported the proposal of NLEX coach Yeng Guiao for Clark to host the games at the Clark Freeport.

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