PBA Plans To Return In 2020

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It has been almost three months since the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) was halted due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, now the PBA is planning their return. 

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial will talk with players on June 23rd to discuss the league’s plans to resume in 2020. Marcial wants to check on the player’s well-being, and answer questions about the league’s plan to return.

Recently the PBA submitted their protocols to return to practice to the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force. Their plans include mandatory testing for COVID-19. The PBA is hoping for a favorable response from the DOH, and if their proposal is accepted, they hope teams can begin practicing by July. Since the league’s suspension, players have been working out via zoom and other platforms. 

For the most part, teams and players are excited about resuming the 2020 season. PBA Chairman Ricky Vargas, who represents the TNT KaTropa, said that players are excited to come back and work out. The vice-chairman of Columbian Dyip also stated that his players are ready to work out and look forward to resuming in 2020. 

However, some players have stressed their concerns. San Miguel point guard Chris Ross has been vocal about his concerns posting on twitter that returning too early could produce risks. He also claims that games won’t start until September. 

Betting on the PBA has seen a rise in popularity in recent years, with several online sportsbooks posting odds for the games and tournaments. Due to Philippine gambling laws, domestic sportsbooks like MegaSportsWorld are not legally allowed to accept wagers on sporting events that take place inside the country. However, there are no laws forbidding residents from placing bets with online sportsbooks operating outside of the Philippines. 

Offshore sportsbooks such as BetOnline offer convenient ways for Filipinos to make deposits and withdraw from their account. The most popular deposit and withdrawal methods are Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies because the turnaround is only up to 24 hours. In many cases withdrawing Bitcoin can take as little as 10 minutes compared to other withdrawal methods that could take up to 14 days, depending on the method you choose. 

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