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Cancelling MPBL's next season a possibility, says Commissioner Duremdes
by Niel Victor Masoy, May 08, 2020 1:38pm
The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) might cancel its next season, according to league commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.
Duremdes let this one be known as he bared that many teams are sending feelers that they might take a leave of absence due to financial restraints.
This, as the businesses of their bankrollers are also being greatly affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
"Marami kasing teams na tinamaan din nitong [COVID-19] virus. May ilang teams na nagpadala na ng feeler na magte-take ng leave of absence next season," said Duremdes in an Instagram live session with Cedelf Tupas over at the MPBL's official Instagram account.
"Napakaimportante nating malaman kung kaya pa ba ng team owners magpatakbo ng team, kapag makita ng league na wala talaga, we might cancel the season."
Should the MPBL decides to roll out its next season, which also depends on when will the Philippine government lifts the Enhanced and/ or General Community Quarantine, Duremdes said the league is looking at the possibility of limiting its games to ease the teams' financial burden, which will also serve as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.
Duremdes shared that the MPBL might hold its next season with no inter-division matches, which means that the North and South teams won't battle each other in the eliminations unlike what they've been doing for the last two seasons.
The only time that a North team and a South team will battle is when each of them comes out triumphant in their respective divisions to face each other in the National Finals.
"We will limit the games at magkakaroon tayo ng sariling toournament lang ng South at sariling tournament alone ng North division. Hindi na sila magcro-crossover," Duremdes said.
"Magkikita na lang yung champion ng North at South sa National Finals. In that way, malilimit natin yung games."
While the MPBL's next season is filled with uncertainties, Duremdes reiterated the league's desire to finish its stalled Chooks-to-Go Lakan Cup even in closed doors.
The Lakan Cup stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), leaving its Division Finals and National Finals unfinished.
The San Juan Knights and the Makati Super Crunch's North Finals ended temporarily with its best-of-three series tied at one-apiece.
Over the South, the Basilan Steel and the Davao Occidental Tigers also figured in a 1-1 tie before the Philippine government implemented the ECQ last March 15.
"Kung i-allow tayo to finish the Lakan Season with the restriction of no fans allowed, yes. Four teams na lang yan, definitely kailangan na natin ito tapusin," said Duremdes.
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