The PBA hopes to restart its stalled Philippine Cup in Pampanga province by the last week of August and could stay there for a while, the Inquirer learned Monday.
“Hopefully, by the end of this month, we can resume our games,” Eric Castro, the league’s assistant manager and technical director, said by phone.
“We returned to Pampanga this Tuesday to meet with the governor. Dennis Pineda and know if we are authorized to proceed ”, he added.
The league is considering the cities of San Fernando, Angeles and the municipality of Bacolod as possible venues, with the latter emerging as a top option. According to Castro, several teams intend to organize camp at the Quest Hotel in Clark Freeport, the home of the league during last year’s bubble games, while others are considering renting properties, due to nightmarish obstacles caused. for the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Metro Manila.
There, the league will continue to use a closed-loop system.
“We will not be allowed to return to our homes while the games are underway, so there will be a kind of bubble in Pampanga,” he added.
The PBA relocation offer was originally intended to overcome the lockdown, but the league, citing the persistent threat of new infections, is hedging its bets.
“We hope to return to NCR, of course. But there is also that great possibility that we are in Pampanga [for a while] considering the threat of this new [Delta] variant, “said Castro.
In that scenario, the PBA can add games to each of its traditional Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday game dates. Another option is to make Thursdays a game day.
But that will also be subject to the approval of the team governors. We all know how hard it is [playing a condensed schedule] es, ”Castro said, referring to the Philippine Cup rescued last year at Clark Freeport, where the league played practically every day. INQ
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