Sep 16, 2020

Will it be NBA-style bubble, semi-bubble or closed circuit?

MEMBERS of the PBA Board decide on a bubble concept, tournament format and other related matters as they convene once more, Thursday for the resumption of talks pertaining to their planned season restart by October.

On Friday, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, board chairman Ricky Vargas and the other league governors had their initial meeting where they trimmed down to three their venue choices for the resumption of the pandemic-interrupted PBA Season 45 Philippine Cup.

No less than 20 entities offered to host the PBA reboot, with four making presentations during Friday's meeting.

Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) chief executive officer Vince Dizon and Clark Development Corp. (CDC) president Noel Manankil presented a proposal for Clark. Three others were made by representatives of the Marriott Hotel, Lio El Nido Resort and a Batangas Pontefino hotel.

But first, the board would determine the bubble concept they would bring the 12 teams in a compact tourney they planned to start Oct. 9.

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There's a suggestion to simply follow the NBA model where participants are quartered in a closed venue. Another is a semi-bubble (hotel-shuttle-venue-hotel), with the third option being the same closed-circuit concept they're observing in their training sessions.

Meanwhile, Marcial is ready to present various tournament formats and schedules.

"We're looking at finishing the eliminations in one month, then the quarterfinals in four to five days, then best-of-five (semis) and best-of-seven (finals). We'll be done in two months," he said.

The elims could feature daily games with double-headers or triple-headers. (SB)