The potential restart of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has already drawn the interest of different hosts, including one in Dubai.
With PBA teams returning to training, albeit in small groups this week, league officials are looking into the possibility of adopting the National Basketball Association (NBA) model to restart the stalled 45th season.
A number of parties have also expressed their interest in hosting the so-called “bubble” including the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai.
"They have communicated with us and they're asking for the requirements," PBA commissioner Willie Marcial was quoted as saying, referring to Mark Jan Kar, who is the Commercial Director of Coca Cola Arena. The PBA already has a history of playing at the arena, the last time being in October 2019 that featured NLEX taking on San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra in separate games.
Other groups have also come forward, expressing their interest to bring the bubble to Baguio and even, El Nido in Palawan.
Interest for this endeavor by the league has spiked ever since league chairman Ricky Vargas announced the idea last Tuesday. He also mentioned Laguna, Batangas, Subic, Clark and the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City as other options worth considering.
Marcial said that aside from the venue, they are also studying how to go about the league’s schedule.
"If we play double-header or triple-header four or five days a week, we can finish the tournament in two months. Kung araw-araw, pwedeng one month and a half. Pero depende sa ating TV coveror (If we play every day, we can finish it in a month and a half)," said Marcial. (JNP)