PBA players have expressed willingness to play in either a bubble or a semi-bubble just to get the pro league's 2020 season off the ground.
Commissioner Willie Marcial said players' representatives from the 12 teams are amenable to playing in an NBA-type bubble or a semi-bubble where their movement will be limited to hotel and venue and back through a shuttle service.
Marcial said the PBA players are also willing to stay in the bubble or a semi-bubble for two months, but thumbed down a closed-circuit system in which they will be playing games then going home under strict protocols.
“Lahat sila willing maglaro sa NBA type bubble or semi-bubble. Ayaw nila ng closed-circuit. They requested to do away with it,” Marcial said as quoted by the league’s website.
The players’ consensus will certainly carry a lot of weight when the PBA board decides on what kind of bubble to mount.
The PBA board of governors is set to meet again on Thursday to finalize details on the type of bubble, the venue, and the tournament format to be adopted for the resumption of the Philippine Cup.
Three sites are being eyed to host the bubble after several hotels and resorts expressed interest in hosting the PBA games amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aside from giving Filipinos a sense ofing normalcy during the pandemic, the PBA is keen on resuming the Philippine Cup in the hope of generate revenues to keep the 12 teams afloat financially during the health crisis.
The 12 ballclubs have also been hit hard by the pandemic financially, paying salaries to the players, coaches, and staff despite the absence of games.