AFTER the global health crisis kept the PBA to just one conference in 2020, the league is hopeful that it can return to its usual three-conference line-up in 2021.
But should the pandemic continue to be a threat, league commissioner Willie Marcial said they would try to at least conduct two conferences.
“We will see if we will be able to stage three conferences. If not, maybe we can have two. We can have at least two conferences,” Marcial during his appearance in the Power and Play program last weekend.
The PBA has already penciled in an April 9 opening for the 2021 Philippine Cup. However, it has yet to schedule any other tournament beyond that. The Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups are import-laced competitions, the reason Marcial remains unsure on whether they would be able to bring in foreign players to the country by then.
“By June, July, we will be able to see what will happen. One, will we be allowed to bring in imports? Two, if we are allowed (to import players), is there a mandatory quarantine? Maybe by that time there would be a vaccine. It’s a big thing to assess their situation,” explained Marcial.
As for the upcoming Philippine Cup, league officials are still studying which format to use. The 2020 Philippine Cup was staged inside a bubble in Clark, Pampanga. However, it came at great cost with the league spending an estimated P65 million.
One concept the league is considering is the closed-circuit set-up where teams must only go from their home and then to the game venue and back home again all throughout the season. (JNP)