PBA open to cancelling all of 45th season due to COVID-19

It appears that the PBA's original best-case scenario of having a June return is no more.

In the latest online PBA Board meeting, the league is waiting out the COVID-19 pandemic and will decide on its immediate future come August.

The options for the PBA are to push through with a shortened season or cancel the league's 45th season altogether.

"Maghihintay kami until August to decide whether it's still a go or a season cancellation," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said.

Metro Manila is still under enhanced community quarantine until May 15. Some areas have been downgraded into a general community quarantine.

Regardless, sports gatherings are still prohibited.

As the season suspension drags on, the PBA Board has also suspended any trades and free agent signings.

Teams can only sign players with lapsed contracts but they have to do it within five days when team practices resume.

Before the coronavirus ultimately forced suspension in mid March, the PBA managed to open a milestone 45th season.

However, only one game has been played so far in the 2020 Philippine Cup.

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