PLAYERS of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) have expressed their willingness to play in a “bubble” setting to help the league get its stalled 45th season back off the ground.
League commissioner Willie Marcial met with the different representatives of the 12 PBA teams on Wednesday to see where they stood on a bubble concept that is similar to what the National Basketball Assocation (NBA) is using right now. Marcial said the players chose to go that route rather than employ a closed-circuit system where they will be strictly shuttled from the game venue straight to their homes.
“Lahat sila willing maglaro sa NBA type bubble or semi-bubble. Ayaw nila ng closed-circuit. They requested to do away with it,” Marcial was quoted as saying on the league’s website.
The players’ sentiment will definitely have a lot of influence on the decision that the PBA board will make when it comes to the league’s resumption. The board will soon finalize the details of its planned restart that will include the venue, the kind of bubble and the tournament format that will be used for the Philippine Cup.
The league is keen on making a return to help give Filipino basketball fans some entertainment during these COVID-19-ravaged times. Another purpose of its return is to help produce revenue that will go a long way in keeping PBA teams afloat, especially since they have regularly been playing their players and staff their salaries despite the suspension of games. (JNP)