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MANILA, Philippines – The PBA will remove at least one conference from its 45th season calendar – if and when it will resume – as the need to extend Luzon-wide suspension continues to take its toll on sporting events in the country.
Commissioner Willie Marcial and the league board met by conference call on Tuesday afternoon and came to a decision, but one investigator source said that if the league is resumed, the league will definitely start again with the Filipino Cup and only one Import will play. laced tournament should allow the schedule.
The worst scenario – if the ban continues – that only one conference is played, the Filipino Cup, which gives San Miguel Beer the chance to extend his unprecedented five-year reign.
"As always, the most important thing for us is the safety of everyone in the league, especially the fans," said Marcial. "As long as mass gatherings are not allowed, the season is suspended."
Marcial said it was also decided that the league would donate P1 million worth of PSA to a hospital that it would determine, and it would go to those who he believed needed the most.
Assistance to the league’s officials, team, referees, etc. continues on matchday, while the D-league will most likely be played after the UAAP has announced the complete cancellation of its season.
"If the university season is canceled, we will most likely play in the D League," he said. "I think it is important that we give the country's basketball players a league to play in, but we (along with the board) will still decide."
Only one game was played in the Filipino Cup before President Duterte's lock was ordered because the Malacanang league's call to prevent rallies and slow the spread of the corona virus immediately followed.
The league's earliest restart is on June 1, since Marcial said that if the ban is actually released at the end of the month, he can give all teams at least a month to prepare.
"We cannot let the players play right away because we are making them all vulnerable to injury," said Marcial. "It's a struggle to stay in shape, let alone basketball, during these times."
The meeting also raised the possibility of holding all three conferences as originally planned, which would mean an end in May next year.
A two-conference format would mean that there won't be a Grand Slam champion this season, which the beers have missed in the past five years after the Philippine Cup decision.
At this point it is also not known which of the two conferences with imported spices is played with a conference with different height restrictions for reinforcements.
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