PBA nears resumption with approval from Pampanga government to stage games in the province

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After a lengthy hiatus, the games in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) are set to resume in the province of Pampanga after the government there gave its verbal approval to the league.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said they are now just waiting for the official letter of approval coming from the office of Pampanga governor, Dennis Pineda, so that teams can start practicing before the proposed restart date of August 29.

“We already have verbal approval and we’re just waiting for the formal letter of approval. If we get that, then the teams can start testing their players,” shared Marcial in a report on Spin.ph.

Should the PBA receive a formal approval, teams can start practices as early as next week. Marcial said he would be giving teams a week to practice before they restart the stalled games of the Philippine Cup.

While Marcial did not say where the games would be held, one venue that the league is eying is the Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Unlike the previous Philippine Cup, which was held in a complete bubble, this time around, the league will be implementing a semi-bubble setup wherein teams would be going from the hotel to the playing venue and back again.

Games were initially held at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City but the league had to suspend its games after the government placed Metro Manila under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20. (JNP)

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