PBA looks to make SMART Araneta home for the rest of the Govs’ Cup


The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is looking to make the SMART Araneta Coliseum the home of the 2022 Governors’ Cup rerun.

President Ricky Vargas has revealed that the league is hoping to continue the end-of-season meeting in one location instead of transferring to another – a difficult situation the league has found itself in in recent conferences.

“We continue to work on the closure of the site and the possibility of having a single site and strengthening our relationship with Araneta Coliseum,“He told Radyo5’s Power and Play on Saturday with former PBA commissioner Noli Eala.

“I hope we can come to an agreement that Araneta will be our permanent location – at least, for this Governors Cup. Malaking tulong ‘yun kung hindi kami palipat-lipat,’ no ‘ supported TNT Governor Tropang Giga.

The PBA returned to the Big Dome on December 15 and played games there since, until Metro Manila returned to Alert Level 3 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases led to the hiatus. of the tournament until further notice.

This situation is kind of deja vu for the league. We remember that the 2021 Philippine Cup was stopped for a few weeks, the capital being placed under the much stricter Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

At the time, the matches were initially held at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. But the recovery was staged in Pampanga in a semi-bubble setup, with matches played at Don Honorio Ventura State University Gym in Bacolor.

Will the PBA come back into another bubble or wait for the push to subside? For Vargas, what’s really important to the league is the safety of everyone involved.

The friendly executive revealed that some of his employees, from players to referees, have contracted the virus. He did not disclose more details about it, although he said they were recovering “very well”.

“Sa totoo lang, marami ring natamaan na players natin and saka referees ng COVID,“said Vargas. “But they are recovering very well.

“While we could have started earlier, we also want to make it safe for everyone. But we can not continue to offer exciting games kasi kung may kasamang takot na nasa isip nila, ang problema nun is that we will have a game without enthusiasm.

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