SEASON 45 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), as expected, will be reduced to either a two-conference or one conference format due to the extended enhanced community quarantine ordered by the government to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said in a press statement after the team governors’ online board meeting on Tuesday night that they were considering to shorten the season because of the current situation and the uncertainty surrounding it.
“The [board is now leaning towards] two conferences. Pero kapag humaba pa ang current situation, baka maging isang conference na lang (But if the current situation becomes prolonged, there might be just one conference),” said Marcial.
“Apart from [the conference], the board is also concerned with the welfare of the fans, the employees and the players. Since the board members were [headed towards] one direction in the measures we [were] looking at, the meeting lasted for only a little over an hour,” he added.
The online board meeting was presided over by PBA chairman Ricky Vargas.
Marcial, all the 12 members of the board, and the members of the management committee were present with the exception of Northport’s Erick Arejola.
At the meeting, the board decided to still push through with the inaugural 3×3 tournament but has yet to decide whether or not to continue with the PBA D-League games.
Marcial added that that the league would keep helping its regular employees, game-day personnel and others. He also said that the board has decided to donate P1 million worth of Personal Protective Equipment to the frontliners.
The PBA board will convene again after April 30, the final day of the extended enhanced community quarantine.