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Dubai, El Nido, Baguio: Proposals pour in for PBA bubble hosting

The PBA held two games in Dubai in October 2019. PBA Media Group

The PBA is now also in talks with organizers in Dubai as the league continues to plan for a bubble tournament to resume the 2020 season.

Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed Wednesday that Mark Jan Kar, commercial director of Coca Cola Arena situated in the capital of United Arab Emirates, has reached out to ask if the league may be interested in holding its games there.

"They expressed interest. We're just exploring. I'm asking them what they can offer and they're asking for our requirements. We're still in the process of exploration," he told ESPN5.com in Filipino.

The Coca-Cola Arena hosted a pair of PBA games last October as part of the league's initiative of bringing the league closer to its fans abroad.

San Miguel snatched a 98-94 win over NLEX in the first game at the arena on October 5 before the Road Warriors bounced back the next day with a massive 27-point comeback to stun crowd favorites Barangay Ginebra 113-111 in overtime.

Marcial said the PBA also has other suitors from El Nido and Baguio, among other areas, though he said the latter option may not be as viable as their other choices.

"'Baguio as of now might be difficult. 'That was the report I got one hour ago. El Nido, they've given a proposal -- they'll set up a tent for the basketball activities," he said.

Other alternatives for where to hold the bubble include Subic, Laguna, Batangas and the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, according to Marcial.

The commissioner also said some hotels situated in Metro Manila have offered their services in case the PBA decides to stay in the capital for the resumption of the season.

"We're looking at the cost and also how secure the area is for the protection and welfare of everyone. I'll lay it out then present to the board. As of now, there are three hotels in Manila which have expressed interest. We're still studying everything," said Marcial.

"I'm looking at everything. I haven't eliminated any proposal."