PBA warns bubble violators; imposes heavy sanctions

As the resumption of the PBA All-Filipino Cup draws near, Commissioner Willie Marcial warned players exiting the bubble without permission to face heavy sanctions.

/ 18 September 2020

Violators will be fined P100,000 on top of the one-month suspension without pay and will be suspended for five playing games in the following season as imposed by Marcial. 

Moreover, players exiting the bubble will strictly not be able to go back, “Once you are in the bubble, you are not allowed to get out of the bubble. Otherwise, you can’t go back to the bubble. That’s very important.” PBA Vice-Chairman Bobby Rosales said.

Players, coaching staff, league officials, and allowed media men will be housed at Quest Hotel and the games will be held at Angeles University Foundation Gym. 

Persons partaking in the bubble are prohibited to go to other places aside from the two mentioned.

The commissioner’s office will issue the guidelines to be followed in the bubble and the same will deal with the violators. Health measures are strictly implemented to ensure the safety of the team.

However, players will be provided with amenities inside the bubble where they can enjoy activities such as golf and water sports. 

Areas will be set up so they can also play billiards and table tennis as well as night screening of games.

“They’ll be together for two months doing nothing but staying in the hotel and you’re cooped up there. One of the reasons we chose Clark is the facilities that they can offer,” PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas shared.