The Terrific 12 can be first venue for PBA teams after COVID-19

Paul Kennedy Lintag on May 20, 2020 03:37 PM
Terrific 12 can be first venue for PBA teams after COVID-19
In The Terrific 12 last year in Macau, San Miguel Beer placed fourth, matching the best finish by a Philippine team in tournaments hosted by the East Asia Super League.

The PBA's 45th season is currently up in the air for the moment as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hammer the country.

But as a new normal emerges, one of the first places where we might see PBA teams post-pandemic could be in Macau in the East Asia Super League's The Terrific 12 tournament.

EASL CEO Matt Beyer says that they plan to push through with a new edition of The Terrific 12 tournament this year.

Naturally, the teams will duke it out will come from China, South Korea, Japan, and the Philippines just like previous years.

"For this fall, we are planning to have our event in Macau from September 15-20. We're already in the final planning stages with the Sports Bureau in Macau," Beyer said during a webinar hosted by Blackwater's Ariel Vanguardia for Hoops Coaches International.

"We are watching the COVID situation and see how it develops," he added.

PBA teams have started to compete in tournaments hosted by the East Asia Super League.

Blackwater and NLEX were the first teams in the PBA, seeing action in 2018's Super 8 tournament with no imports. The Road Warriors placed 4th.

[Related: TERRIFIC 12: SMB looking forward to more international play]

Last year, the Elite, together with San Miguel Beer and TNT, played in The Terrific 12. The Beermen, with imports Dez Wells and Lester Prosper, placed 4th as well.

For the planned 2020 edition of The Terrific 12, Beyer would once again love the presence of PBA teams if possible.

Blackwater, led by team owner Dioceldo Sy, has expressed its intention to join.

"If Filipinos can enter Macau, yes, there will be Filipinos involved. I certainly hope so," Beyer said.

"Blackwater of course, no doubt. But we've had great PBA teams last time. I think for us, we're blessed with any PBA team that can come. Of course, we want the best teams possible," he added.

As it is, the COVID-19 pandemic remains the biggest roadbloack this year for all pending plans for not just basketball but for all sports.

Nevertheless, Beyer and his Terrific 12 tournament will be ready to deliver basketball games for fans.

"For me, if fans are looking for PBA content and if we're able to be a platform where games can continue to take place [I would love that]," the East Asia Super League boss said.

"I think the issue is travel. You have to be able to travel in safe way. For this year, if we are able to get a team safely on and their safely received, then yes, absolutely. Right now, I'm sitting in Hong Kong and I can't even go to Macau. It isn't open right now," Beyer added.


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