PBA CALLS OFF GAMES AS NCR SHIFTS TO TIGHTER RESTRICTIONS
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) suspended its scheduled games this week in line with the government’s decision to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 3 until January 15.
“The Philippine Basketball Association has postponed all scheduled games this week until it hears from the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) allowing the league to continue its tournament,” the league said in a statement.
Aside from the permission from GAB to continue the tournament, PBA will also need the approval of local government units where it will hold the games.
The league was set to resume Governor’s Cup games at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on January 5 after its nine-day holiday break.
A doubleheader featuring Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok and Blackwater Bossing, and the Alaska Aces and Meralco Bolts are supposed to play in the league’s return on Wednesday.
Prior to the postponement, the league began allowing live spectators in the venue at the Big Dome in Quezon City on December 15, with 50% of the venue capacity.
With NCR being placed under Alert Level 3, Contact sports are prohibited with full practices also being canceled.