PBA looking at moving to Batangas as NCR set to go to ECQ

The PBA is targeting the province of Batangas as a possible location to continue the 2021 season once the National Capital Region reverts to a stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20.

Commissioner Willie Marcial said the league has already submitted a letter to the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday to ask if the Philippine Cup schedule can be continued in the city of Lipa under a closed-circuit format.

"We wrote a letter to the DOH for a request to play outside NCR if the restrictions won't allow us to play within Metro Manila. We cited Lipa, Batangas as the location, and a new court will be prepared for us," Marcial shared.

"We're also talking to Lipa officials, and we asked if we could play under a closed-circuit format. We're just waiting for an answer," he added.

All PBA games have been held at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig since the season opened last July 16.

But under the ECQ classification, indoor sports arenas will not be allowed. The league has yet to determine whether or not the special permit it secured before the start of the season will be considered under the stricter quarantine measure. Under the closed-circuit format, teams will shuttle between Batangas and Metro Manila.

The league is still looking to hold a two-conference season, with a second conference slated to start late September or early October. The elimination round of the ongoing All-Filipino conference will run until August 27, barring any interruptions to the existing schedule.