PBA: 3x3 league ready to roll out in March
Paul Kennedy Lintag on Feb 04, 2020 11:23 AM
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3x3 basketball is coming to the PBA... for real.
For a banner 45th season which opens in March, the PBA is ready to introduce its own 3x3 basketball league to the fold.
Specifics are still being finalized but all 12 PBA franchises will be represented. The PBA's 3x3 league will also run similiarly to the way the D-League is being handled.
“Through the recommendation of the vice chair [Bobby Rosales of Columbian Dyip], we decided to make it a stand-alone program, something like the D-League. It will be run by an executive director under the supervision of the PBA commissioner,” said PBA chair Ricky Vargas at the end of their planning session in Rosa Grand Milano over in Milan, Italy last week.
“Our involvement in 3x3 reassured the SBP president that the PBA is all-out to support the SBP. We’ve been doing that at least in the last four years,” Vargas added.
3x3 basketball has seen a spike in popularity over the past couple of years.
The discipline will make its official debut in the Olympics later this year in Tokyo. The Philippines can actually go ahead and qualify for the Summer Games.
The national 3x3 team, with chief backer Chooks-To-Go, will compete in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament to determine the final list for the Tokyo Games.
For the PBA's upcoming 3x3 league, it will be open to all players not in the active list of the 12 PBA teams.
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