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'Compact' PBA sched now being considered

PBA teams have begun practicing again. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—PBA commissioner Willie Marcial is now looking at a possibility of compacting the schedule of the postponed season in hopes of finishing it within the year.

"Sa tingin ko hindi na natin babaguhin yung format. Ganun pa rin, pero baka damihan natin yung game days—four or five times a week, or double o triple header,"Marcial said on Wednesday via the league's website.

In the current tournament format of the Philippine Cup, the 12 teams will play each other in a single round robin elimination round.

The top eight teams after the eliminations will qualify for the quarterfinals with the Top 2 only needing to win one game to make the semifinals against the seventh and eighth placers, who still need to win twice.

The other four quarterfinalists will engage in two best-of-three series, the 3-versus-6 and 4-versus-5 pairings.

The semifinals and finals will be best-of-seven series.

The 2019 Philippine Cup lasted four months, but with the latest proposal, there is a possibility that the season could be finished by December, just before Christmas.

The PBA board will meet again next week not just to finally decide on the future of the postponed season but also to determine the scheduling of the season and if the league will play inside a bubble.

If the board moves to continue with the season, the league could resume play by mid-October.

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