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    When is Manila Clasico? And other questions on PBA bubble schedule

    Sep 25, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    THE PBA is in the process of finalizing the game schedules for the 2020 Philippine Cup inside the bubble in Pampanga.

    The league will no longer follow the initial schedule released by the PBA last March since the Philippine Cup which will resume on October 11 will now be compressed to run for two months.

    “Siguro mga five days before October 10,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial when asked when the schedules will be released. “Nagko-coordinate na kami ni Sienna [Olaso, Cignal first vice-president and head of channels and content] para sa mas magandang scheduling.”

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    For the resumption of the season, the PBA will have doubleheaders every day at the Angeles University Foundation gym. The first game is slated at 4 p.m., after which disinfection measures will be done starting at 6 p.m. The second game will be played at 7 p.m.

    Marcial hinted that marquee games such as the Barangay Ginebra-Magnolia match could be held at any day of the week, and not necessarily during Sundays before the pandemic.

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    Under the TV set-up, games every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday will be shown on TV5 while the rest will be on One Sports and PBA Rush on Cignal. All matches will also be on livestream.

    “Wala nang Linggo-Linggo, wala nang Biyernes-Biyernes,” said Marcial, referring to the days that marquee matches are usually held. “Wala namang mga fans. Siguradong lahat ng tao, manonood sa atin.”

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    “Katulad ng sabi sa akin, ‘Com, lagay natin Clasico sa November 1.’ Bakit pa? May manonood na siguro sa atin sa November 1. Ilagay din natin sa hindi November 1.”

    So far, the match between San Miguel and Magnolia was the only one played this season. The Beermen own a 1-0 record following their 94-78 victory last March 8 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

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