Manager Eddie Casiano and the Quebradillas Pirates will enter the BSN “bubble” with a 3-0 record. (Jorge A Ramirez Portela)
The National Superior Basketball (BSN) announced on Wednesday the ratification of the Rio Mar Ballroom conference room at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort hotel for the resumption of the 2020 tournament in Rio Grande starting on November 10.
According to a press release, the league inspected the 48,000-square-foot area and ensures that it meets the agency's “sports, medical and television production” requirements. Wapa Deportes will be in charge of broadcasting the matches.
The BSN also confirmed the competition format for the “bubble”, matching the number of matches played by each team. According to the formula, the games of all 10 quintets were reduced to three, eliminating first the losses and then the wins.
The result leaves the Brujos de Guayama, Indios de Mayagüez and Piratas de Quebradillas with a 3-0 record. Aguada, Arecibo, Bayamón, Fajardo and Ponce will enter with a 2-1 record; Guaynabo with 1-2 and San Germán with 0-3. To determine the positions by teams with the same record after the conclusion of the Regular Series, the “goal average” system will be used.
The BSN was stopped on March 12 due to the COVID-19 emergency on the island.
Each team will play nine regular matches, accumulating a total of 12 matches, and will have a match with each participating rival. The top seven in the standings advance to the postseason. The ninth-place quintet will be able to challenge the eighth to a game for the last berth to the playoffs.
The quarterfinals will be played in a 2-3 format, while the semifinals and final will be the best of a maximum of five matches.
The competition system was approved at a meeting of the Governing Board in which a preliminary version of the health protocol to prevent and mitigate risks related to COVID-19 in the bubble for all participants, starting in the pre-bubble (pre-season) of the teams. The formal version will be sent to the members of the Governing Board this week. The protocol will be communicated once it is approved.
The BSN is currently working on the health protocol under the advice of the former federal police monitor and former colonel of the United States Army, Arnaldo Claudio.
The production of the “bubble” of the tournament is around $ 4 million. The BSN is still waiting for the approval of a tax credit decree by the Department of Development and Commerce to pay for part of the event.