UAAP targets September opening for Season 84

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is looking at a September opening "if all goes well," according to league executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag.

"If we don't have a discussion, we'll stay with the default, which is the usual opening, around September 2021, if all goes well. Hopefully, the vaccines are here, we have better protocols, and the situation has improved. That's the target, traditional opening, unless of course, the board deems it otherwise to adjust again. For now, that's all I can say," Saguisag said at a virtual press conference on Thursday.

In addition, a bubble similar to what the PBA did is in play if things go south, according to Cignal TV and TV5 Network president Robert P. Galang.

"We are committed to the UAAP to broadcast games. We are even prepared to do a bubble if we want to have the games in 2021. We are ready, we will be constructing a new basketball court in the venue that we have identified," said Galang.

"We were able to successfully air PBA games in the bubble. Outside the NBA, I think we're the only professional league that was able to accomplish that. And that's thanks to our TV5 sports production team, and our partners in the PBA. And we're prepared to do the same thing for the UAAP," he added.

De La Salle University, which was supposed to be the host for the cancelled UAAP Season 83, will remain the host for Season 84.

Regarding the hot topic of player eligibility, Saguisag mentioned that the league's leaders have not yet discussed the matter but are open to any ruling.

"At this point, just like last year, we took it one step at a time. As I speak, all eligibility matters for Season 83 will be tackled at the proper time. Right now, we will definitely sit down and discuss each and every nuance," explained Saguisag.

"The Board of Managing Directors have a history of being responsive and dynamic, and now we also have another layer of wisdom, which is the Board of Trustees. I'm confident that we will come up with the right adjustments to discuss the concerns of everyone."