Representatives from all 12 PBA team players on Wednesday expressed a desire to stay inside the “bubble” for two months and help the league relaunch its 45th season.
Commissioner Willie Marcial said the team had assured him that all players would play in such a setting and in fact asked the league to abandon the “closed loop” concept. lock in march.
“They all said they would like to play bubble or semi-bubble,” Marcial said. “They (the players) have actually asked for the closed-loop concept to be abandoned.”
“It was important to hear the players side,” he added. “Their input is valuable to us, especially they will play and entertain PBA fans.”
The league board will have the final say on this issue, as costs, according to an Inquirer source, can be a huge factor.
The closed circuit gives players freedom because they can still return home to their families. Another bubble is similar to the NBA, where the PBA contingent will be concentrated in only one area, and the “semi-bubble” concept will accommodate players and staff in a hotel and transport them to playgrounds.
Marcial hinted that there are several places where the PBA can attach its bubble, and a viable alternative is a place outside the Manila subway. The Smart Araneta Coliseum, with its nearby hotel and one of the best hardfields in the country, is one of the favorites.
Under a strict bubble system that the NBA has successfully implemented at Disney World in Florida, team members would be there for as long as two months to crown the Philippine Cup champion.
The next step for the PBA is to get permission from interdepartmental working groups to manage emerging infectious diseases, the only government agency that can give any league a chance to play.
After receiving permission for an individual internship, Marcial is now seeking permission for a full contact stroke.
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