Manila Bulletin

Pandemic hits pockets of players, employees

- By JONAS TERRADO

The PBA will implement a 20percent salary cut on teams and employees as part of measures to deal with the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PBA commission­er Willie Marcial said recently that league employees, players and coaches are going to be affected by the salary cut which he recommende­d during a meeting with the Board of Governors the other day.

Utilities who work for the team will be exempted from the deductions, Marcial added.

Marcial had discussion­s with affected parties prior to the press conference, saying it’s a way to repay the teams which paid them in full since the start of the pandemic.

“Siguro it’s about time na kami naman ang magbigay ng contributi­on sa teams at sa liga na sinuportah­an kami for 16 months (I think it’s about time that we make a contributi­on to the teams and the league that has supported us for 16 months),” Marcial said.

Deductions will start April 25 for league employees and May for players and coaches.

Full salaries, however, will be given once scrimmages, allowed only in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine, can resume.

Players have been forced to train on their own with Metro Manila and surroundin­g provinces currently under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine.

Practices which are divided into groups are permitted in General Community Quarantine areas.

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