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What we know and don't know about the PBA Philippine Cup postponement

A shakeup to an already compressed 2020 PBA schedule could be in order after the league postponed Philippine Cup games Friday and announced Saturday that games would resume on Nov. 3.

Here's what we know so far.

Why did the PBA decide to postpone the games?

According to its announcement, it was the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases' (IATF-EID) recommendation to hold off any games until "the new protocols proposed by the IATF and DOH are out in place." The new protocols have since been released by the IATF. Essentially, the date of the resumption was made to coincide with the completion of the 10th day of the mandatory isolation of the Blackwater player who was a suspect case from the date of swabbing. This was the core requirement set by the IATF.

What does this postponement mean for the tournament?

Ultimately it means a more compressed schedule to meet the mid-December target exit from the bubble will likely be implemented.

Are there new cases?

The PBA, in its statement released Saturday, reiterated that "the bubble has not been breached but we must always strengthen our protocols in consultation with the IATF and NTF to ensure the safety of everyone in the bubble."

What's the situation of the teams in the bubble?

Pretty normal. Teams will reportedly be allowed to resume practice on Sunday.

How will the schedule work?

The PBA released its revised schedule, which includes five quadruple-headers and two triple-headers.

Who are the teams that will be affected the most by the compressed schedule?

Here's a breakdown of postponed games per team.

Three games - Blackwater, NorthPort, Rain or Shine

Two games - Magnolia, TNT, Meralco, Terrafirma, Ginebra, SMB

One game - Alaska, NLEX, Phoenix

For these teams, the possibility of playing games either on back-to-back days looms large.