MPBL looking for own bubble
“So, we’re really looking at the best possible venues to hold the bubble for our four remaining teams. Still, the number one priority for us is health and safety,” said the former MVP in the PBA.
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MPBL looking for own bubble
John Bryan Ulanday (The Philippine Star) - September 16, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is eyeing its own bubble for the anticipated resumption and completion of its Chooks-to-Go Lakan Season.

Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said the MPBL has received offers from the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Subic in Zambales and the private property of former senator Jinggoy Estrada in Tanay, Rizal as possible bubble sites.

“As per our founder, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, we really need to finish the Lakan Season national finals,” said Duremdes in yesterday’s PSA Forum.

“So, we’re really looking at the best possible venues to hold the bubble for our four remaining teams. Still, the number one priority for us is health and safety,” said the former MVP in the PBA.

San Juan and Makati in the North, and Davao Occidental and Basilan in the South were tied at 1-1 in their respective best-of-three finals before the deadly pandemic forced the MPBL to halt games last March. The winners move on to the best-of-five national finals.

With professional leagues like the PBA and Philippines Football League (PFL) back in training since last month, Duremdes is hoping for the IATF to give the MPBL the go signal to resume training.

Once they get the green light, Duremdes said they will work on the guidelines being observed by the PBA teams that are hoping to get actual games going by next month.

“It’s a gamble for us. You have to be careful because if you fail, the government might pull the plug not just on basketball but the other sports as well,” he said.

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