Still on course

June 17, 2020

Plan by the Philippine Basketball Association to resume hostilities late in the fourth quarter remains feasible despite the move by the national government to keep Metro Manila under general community quarantine up to the last day of this month.

Despite the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Management of Emerging Infectious Disease , PBA Commissioner said the league stays on target for a possible return late in the year.

"COVID-19 hasn't been contained, and so I myself was expecting Metro Manila staying under GCQ for the rest of the month. Tingin ko talaga mga July pa mag-i-ease into less strict quarantine measures ang NCR," said Marcial.

"And July would not be late for our teams to have physical activities in the gym, leading hopefully to full practices and season return sooner than later," Marcial added.

The PBA chief said his meeting with player representatives will push through as scheduled on June 23.

Then he'll be having a separate conference with team managers and coaches of the 12 PBA ball clubs.

"Initially, it's a meeting with team managers but then may mga coaches na nagsabi i-meet mo rin kami," said Marcial.

The reckoning period for the PBA is August. The board or representatives would decide then if Season 45 would resume or be scrapped.

The season has been stalled for over three months now or since playing just one game on March 8 where six-peat-seeking Philippine Cup holder San Miguel Beer topped Magnolia.