Fresh from PBA Media Bureau, we got a glimpse of PBA executives in action as they discussed health protocols for the impending comeback of the PBA.
There is no return date yet but we are going in the right direction
Basketball and most especially the PBA is the number one sport and brand of basketball in the country and we have not seen a single live game played for quite some time now.
June 23, we received photos of Commissioner Willie Marcial and Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro as they present the new healthcare protocols to players, and we can only assume that PBA may be on the verge of returning back. From our sources, practice game guidelines were discussed and present on the discussion tables were a couple of representatives from each team.
We are looking at more details on this and we will try our best to do a follow-up story and most importantly the potential return date of the basketball league.
NBA to Return
The NBA is returning back soon by the end of July and the PBA may be looking at some of the measures taken by the biggest basketball organization in the world as a template. Managing sports events like basketball are going to be a headache for the organizers especially during this time of the pandemic and social distancing. A sport that would require a lot of contacts, not from two but multiple players is definitely a high risk for everyone who will be involved in the game.
NBA is looking to house 22 teams at the ESPN Disney Compound in Orlando, Florida however, we are uncertain if the PBA would have the same set-up.
The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly put a lot on hold and has changed a lot of things and while we are still in it, there may be more things that could still change including how sports events are produced and consumed today. We only hope that the PBA will be able to create a good and safe environment as well as to adapt to the ever-changing landscape and requirements of the health authorities.
We miss the PBA.