PBA eyes two conferences in 46th season

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) — The Philippine Basketball Association is wanting to hold two conferences in its 46th season.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said the whole season is targeted to last ten months, four of which will be for the Philippine Cup and six for the Governors' Cup.

Marcial added the league is eyeing to adopt a closed-circuit format, where teams will head straight from their homes to venues and vice versa. They will wait for the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in materializing this format.

"It can be Araneta (Coliseum), or in Cuneta (Astrodome). We are requesting for us to play in NCR (National Capital Region) and we hope the task force will hear us because it will be hard for us if we will play outside Metro Manila," Marcial said.

The PBA held its coronavirus-delayed Philippine Cup last year in a 'bubble' at Clark, Pampanga.

Marcial also revealed they requested for COVID-19 vaccines from the Philippine Red Cross.

The new season tips off April 11, starting with the four-month long Philippine Cup where Barangay Ginebra will defend its title.

Following the All-Filipino Conference, the PBA will be reopening its doors to imports in the Governors' Cup. The import-laden conference will serve as the second and last for the year, featuring a double-round robin format with a height restriction of 6-foot-5 inches for imports.