Marcial clarifies protocols on visiting governors after Dickie Bachmann watches Alaska


Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Willie Marcial on Thursday clarified that team governors could watch their team’s games at Angeles University Foundation gym in Pampanga.

In a post-game interview with Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso after their win against Rain or Shine, he was asked how he felt with their team governor Dickie Bachmann watching the game earlier.

“To be honest, Boss Dickie drives home every game, so he drives in and out, so he doesn’t stay in the bubble,” Alaska head coach Jeff Cariaso said.

“But his presence here means a lot. He’s the type of GM (general manager) that shows that he’ll support the team no matter what, so he drives in and out of Clark every time we have a game. I’m just happy that he’s here,” he added.

Sought for clarification on how Bachmann could watch the game despite not being part of the bubble, Marcial said team governors had a designated area in the game venue.

“Wala siya sa bubble,” Marcial said over a phone conversation with GMA News Online. “Pumunta lang siya sa venue. Kasi sa venue, meron kang upuan talaga para sa governors,” added the league commissioner.

According to Marcial, governors also need to follow protocols when watching the games, such as obtaining a negative result from a swab test with three-day validity, watching behind an acrylic screen at their designated area, and not interacting with the players.

“’Di ka (governors) makakapunta sa players, ’di ka makakapunta sa dugout,” he added.

Marcial also said governors need to access the same QR code bubble delegates use for contact tracing.

The PBA reported its first case of COVID-19 in the bubble Wednesday after a game official tested positive in the mandatory swab test.

Hours later, the league said it may be a “false positive” case after an antigen test Wednesday afternoon yielded a negative result.

However, the Department of Health on Thursday said an RT-PCR test should have been done instead of an antigen test to confirm whether the game official is positive for COVID-19. – RC, GMA News