The Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) effort in keeping its league going during the pandemic, especially making sure that its players and staff are safe throughout, has been recognized by the Games and Amusements Board (GAB). 

On Monday, the board hailed the PBA as a model league for these reasons. 

“We really want to commend the PBA,” GAB Chair Abraham Mitra shared in a virtual presser the same day as reported by Inquirer

“They know that whatever happens to their league affects other leagues and other sports as well. We’re thanking the PBA for being responsible during this [challenging times],” he added. 

PBA is set to come out of hiatus and continue with its stalled Philippine Cup at Honorio Ventura State University. The site will only be an hour’s drive away from the association’s selected lodging and practice venues across the cities of San Fernando, Angeles, and the Municipality of Mexico.

According to PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial, a more collaborative approach will be implemented inside this league bubble. He shared that a group of ‘team skippers’ has even volunteered to shoulder living expenses during the league’s stay in Pampanga. 

This is the second time the PBA will hold a conference in Pampanga. In October of last year, the league organized a closed-circuit bubble in the city to salvage its season. And this particular model is what other sports competitions are replicating for their respective tournaments. 

“We thank the PBA for being responsible and being very responsive to the changing times [brought on by] the pandemic,” Mitra said. 

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