The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is moving closer to resuming its halted season after reaching a verbal agreement with Pampanga’s local government.

The PBA’s 46th season had to stop earlier this month after enhanced community quarantine was implemented on August 6th – to last until August 20th.

On Thursday, Commissioner Willie Marcial shared that the provincial government of Pampanga has already agreed to host their latest season, albeit only verbally.

Marcial noted that they’re now waiting for a formal letter from Governor Dennis Pineda, which will be delivered to the Inter-Agency Task Force.

According to reports, the league could resume as early as September 1 in Bacolor, following a week of training allotted for teams.

Besides Bacolor, Angeles City is also being considered as a venue. It was last year when the PBA staged their bubble games at the AUF Sports and Cultural Center in Angeles.

Once approved, PBA will enforce a closed-circuit format, which means teams, officials, staff, and television crew will have to stay in hotels or resorts within the province throughout the tournament.

Initially, Batangas was eyed as a temporary venue for the league’s current season, however, the province was placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions.

The IATF has given the PBA permit to hold its games in areas under normal GCQ or Modified GCQ.

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