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Location of PBA bubble could be determined by next week

The location of the planned PBA bubble tournament for October could be decided on sometime next week, commissioner Willie Marcial said Tuesday.

Marcial said he will be presenting the options he and his office has compiled in hopes of finally resuming the 2020 season next month in front of the Board of Governors on Friday.

"Ilalatag ko sa board 'yung bubble ng NBA, 'yung semi-quarantine ng Bundesliga, tapos 'yung semi-bubble na may hotel pero may shuttle papuntang venue tapos balik. Pero may bubble [plan] din tayo na andoon na lahat, parang NBA," he said on the Aclan Sports Skill Factory webshow.

"Siguro by next week, malalaman namin kung anong gagawin namin, kung anong klaseng bubble at kung saan na. By next week malamang baka may liwanag na tayo."

Still among the league's choices are the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City and the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, as well as certain areas in Subic, Pampanga, Palawan and Batangas, among others.

"As of now, meron akong 12 na hotels sa Manila na nagkaroon ng interes, anim na probinsya at isang international, 'yung Dubai. Sila mismo ang lumapit sa'tin. Sabi nga nila sana para matulungan natin ang sports at matulungan din natin ang turismo," Marcial said.

But before proceeding with the next phase of the league's season restart, Marcial said he has already sent a letter last Monday to the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) asking if teams can start scrimmaging among themselves.

"Sumulat na tayo sa task force na sana pagbigyan tayo sa scrimmages ng mga teams. [Within] teams lang, walang team vs. team," he said.

If the IATF approvess the PBA's request, Marcial said teams could start practicing on "September 15 or [the] third week."

"Kapag naka-practice siguro, by first week or second week of October, susulat tayo ulit para makapaglaro na ng isang conference. 'Yun ang plano," he said.