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Marcial still confident in PBA return despite 30M losses per month

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The entire operations in the PBA has been crippled this COVID-19 pandemic due to the stoppage of the entire season.

According to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial in his recent interview with Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum, the league has still been paying their employees despite losing P30 million in revenue.

“Ang mawawala sa amin gate receipts. Ang mawawala sa ‘min television. Ang mawawala sa amin sponsorship. At patuloy pa rin kaming nagbabayad sa mga tao namin,” Marcial said. “Lampas ng P30 million a month ang mawawala sa amin. Conservative ‘yun

Despite the crippling effect of three-month absence of the league, Marcial explained that they were still able to save up enough money, on top of other teams’ financial assistance.

“Wala kaming sinisisi. Wala kaming tinuturo. Ganun talaga eh. Kahit ‘yung ibang malalaking negosyo, tinatamaan talaga ng ano… Kaya buti na lang and’yan ‘yung mga team owners at mga governors na patuloy na tinutulungan kami,” Marcial shared.

The PBA management has yet to receive any formal response from the Inter-Agency Task Force after making a letter of appeal that each playerd could already return from their respective team activities.

Still, Marcial assured that the PBA will be back anytime soon.

“Hindi po mawawala ang PBA,” positibong pahayag ni Marcial. “Kung hindi po ngayong taon na ‘to, next year sigurado and’yan kami.”