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PBA, D-League opening moved to later date due to NCOV outbreak

by Reynald Magallon, February 10, 2020 7:28pm

For the welfare of the fans and as part of the league's preventive measures, the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) 45th season opening as well as the D-League's were moved to a later date due to the Novel Coorona Virus (nCoV) outbreak.

The 45th PBA season inaugurals was moved to March 8 from it original schedule of March 1 still at the Araneta Coliseum. The PBA D-League opening was likewise rescheduled to March 2 instead of the planned February 13 opening at the Paco Arena.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said in a statement in an article published in the PBA website that the move was a preventive measure of the league to ensure the safety of the fans, the teams and the players.

"It's a preventive measure against nCoV. It's now in place and will be implemented. The safety of our fans, teams, players and officials remain to be our utmost priority, " said Marcial.

Despite the changes, the itenerary for the first PBA game day in the 2020 season remains the same. The 44th Season Leo Awards will usher the 2020 Philippine Cup before last year's All-Filipino finalists Magnolia Hotshots and San Miguel Beermen battle it out in the opening game, still at the Araneta Coliseum.

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