|The EASL looks to begin by October next year.|
MANILA—The East Asia Super League looks to begin its inaugural staging late next year according to its chief executive officer.
"The first season will launch in October 2021, Oct. 20 to be exact," EASL head Matt Beyer said in a press conference on Monday.
The first salvo of the EASL will have eight teams divided into two groups of four.
The four teams in a certain group will collide in a home-and-away double round robin format.
The top two teams from each group after the group stages will enter the knockout rounds in February 2022.
With two PBA teams getting invites to the EASL, the Games and Amusements Board has to intervene, and Beyer is happy that the Baham Mitra-led agency has thrown its support for the new league.
"It's special," Beyer further said. "For us, it's an honor to have the vote of confidence from GAB."
He added, "It's a necessary alliance for our business."
For his part, Mitra said, "We're very happy that a proposal such as this came in."
Blackwater Bossing team manager Jacob Nunez, who is also part of EASL's organizing team, said in the Aug. 27 edition of the Usapang Sports forum that the league is eyeing the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay as the venue for its Philippine games.
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