PBA should brace for new normal says Alaska team owner

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Aug 06, 2020 01:14 PM
PBA should brace for new normal says Alaska team owner
"Everyone wants to return back to normal, but the reality is that we will not go back to normal." — Alaska Aces team owner Wilfred Uytengsu.

As the PBA hopes to restart its season this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a team owner says it's important for the league to study up in order to move forward in the best way possible.

Alaska Aces team owner Wilfred Uytengsu points to leagues like the NBA to see key factors that can work for sports under a new normal.

The NBA has successfully restarted its season inside a bubble in Orlando.

"Let's learn from some of the best sports franchises and organizations in the world and what they do, what they can do, what works, what doesn't work," Uytengsu said in an interview with veteran sportscaster Sev Sarmenta for Sports Page on One Sports.

"Then let's see how we can adopt that in our own setting with the PBA," he added.

Like pretty much everyone else, Uytengsu wants to go back to playing basketball.

However, the Alaska owner stresses the fact that things may never go back to the way they used to be in the aftermatch of the current pandemic.

"People forget that after 9/11, the way we travel internationally and on airplanes changed significantly. You didn't have body searches, you didn't have x-ray machines, you didn't have to take off your shoes, you didn't have to be screened two or three times. Today when we travel, we don't really question it anymore," Uytengsu said.

"Everyone wants to return back to normal, but the reality is that we will not go back to normal," he added.

 

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