The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has been given the green light to open its 46th season on July 16 at the Ynares Center in Pasig City.

The resumption of the long-delayed PBA season was approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on Thursday.

The two-conference season will be opened by a ceremony and three games.

According to the league website, the PBA league will air triple-headers on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until the opening of the pilot PBA 3×3 by August.

The games will not be open to fans.

The league was initially scheduled to start its 46th season on April 9 but it was delayed due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.

PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said the season was expected to end by January 2022.

Aside from the PBA, the Games and Amusements Board said that the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) and the National Basketball League (NBL) were given the go-signal to start their seasons. John Ezekiel J. Hirro