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EASL turns maiden season into 'Champions Week'

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The EASL has revamped its supposed inaugural season and instead, a so-called "Champions Week" will be played early next year.

In an announcement on Monday, the league said that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a concern especially with some countries, including the Philippines, currently experiencing a slight spike in new cases due to loosened restrictions.

'The East Asia Super League is announcing that the season format for Season 1 of competition format is under discussion with each league to take place in a tournament format, taking into account ongoing COVID-19-related issues throughout the region. The EASL’s focus is on operating Season 1 of game play in a responsible manner that allows for partner leagues to carry on with their domestic leagues uninterrupted by precarious travel situations," the EASL said.

The Philippines, however, will host the EASL Champions Week.

"Discussions are ongoing with further details to be shared with EASL fans soon," the league further said.

The EASL then said that its traditional home-and-away format will continue, but it will be played in the 2023-2024 season instead.

"EASL will shift to the originally anticipated home-and-away format in Fall 2023. EASL remains on track that by 2025 the league will become one of the world's top three professional basketball leagues in terms of fan base and commercial revenue," the statement concluded.

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