THE opening of the newest season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has been pushed back because of the rise in Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and its nearby regions.
The government’s decision to enforce an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) has forced PBA teams to stop practices and the Commissioner’s Office to also reconsider staging the league’s season opening this month.
Sources have mentioned that aside from the government ruling, teams are also trying to minimize the impact of the virus after several players tested positive during mandatory testing.
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said they would now be waiting for word on whether the ECQ period would be extended past April 4 or not.
The league initially set the opening for April 9 but pushed it back to April 18.
The recent development has compelled league officials to consider opening either in late April or early May.
“What is crucial for us is the next announcement. Whatever the government decides on, ECQ, MGCQ (modified general community quarantine) or GCQ, we’ll take it from there and plan our season,” said Marcial.
Marcial is particularly interested in what will happen in Rizal, home of the Ynares Center where the league is targeting to hold its games in a semi-bubble format.