Both the National Basketball League and the Women’s National Basketball League are eyeing a closed-circuit set-up in the conduct of its 2021 season.
The NBL is currently coordinating with the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) for the plan for its first-ever season as a professional league to hold games without spectators with strict health and safety protocols for the teams being implemented throughout the competition.
Under the planned closed-circuit set-up, teams will be monitored strictly, with only travel from their homes to the venue and vice-versa being allowed.
The NBL is already formulating guidelines for the resumption of practices where a closed-circuit format will also be implemented.
Last year, the third season of the NBL men’s division was completed amidst the pandemic when it staged the championship series between Pampanga Delta and La Union PAOwer inside a bubble at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga last October.
The Delta captured their first-ever NBL title over the PAOwer in four out of the possible five matches of the series following the guidance of GAB.
The WNBL, meanwhile, is also preparing for its first season as a professional league.
A Draft Combine was held last December for the applicants under strict health guidelines such as antigen testing and a ‘no-scrimmage policy.’