The 2021 PBA Governors’ Cup opener could be determined soon.
Commissioner Willie Marcial disclosed on Sunday evening that the start date of the season-ending conference may be announced sometime this week, as he is set to convene with the league’s technical committee.
“Magmi-meeting kami ng technical committee, siguro maglalabas kami by tomorrow or within this week kung kailan talaga,” he said in a broadcast interview moments after the PBA 3×3 Leg 3’s conclusion.
The import-laced tournament was initially targeted to begin on November 28. It was pushed back, though, as imports were slow to arrive due to visa problems, particularly those who are coming from the East Coast in the States.
But the roster of foreign reinforcements is expected to be complete this week. And once they all come in, the league will have a much clearer view as to when it could finally raise the curtains of the new conference.
Marcial and Co. have previously expressed their desire to welcome back the fans into the venues as well, even sharing plans of offering free tickets and promos in an attempt to spur the interest of the viewing public anew.
That, however, may have to wait, according to the league chieftain.
The fourth-year commish said that his office will still have to discuss matters further with the local government units (LGUs), with the league aiming to hold games in the venues it usually plays at in the past.
“Baka magsimula tayo ng wala pang mga fans. Kasi kakausapin pa namin ang mga LGUs, tinatawag kami ng mga kanya-kanyang konseho para mag-present sa kanila.”