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Top PBA teams to vie for $1 million prize in maiden EASL season

Delfin Dioquino
Top PBA teams to vie for $1 million prize in maiden EASL season

CHAMPION. The TNT Tropang Giga look to compete in the EASL anew after ruling the recent PBA Philippine Cup.

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A total of eight teams from the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong will see action in the EASL

MANILA, Philippines – The top two PBA teams will get a crack at $1 million as they go up against some of the best clubs in the region in the inaugural season of the East Asia Super League (EASL).

A total of eight teams from the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong will see action in the EASL, which is slated to kick off in October 2022.

Those eight teams include the champions and runners-up of the Philippine Basketball Association, Japan B. League, and Korean Basketball League, the champion of the P. League in Taiwan, and the Bay Area Chun Yu Phoenixes based in Hong Kong.

Split into two groups of four teams, the qualified squads will play home-and-away games in their group following a round-robin format.

The group stage will run until February 2023, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the final four.

Starting off as the Asia League, the EASL has staged four preseason tournaments – The Super 8 and The Terrific 12 – from 2017 to 2019.

No PBA team has won an EASL title, with the San Miguel Beermen and the NLEX Road Warriors both landing at fourth place for the highest finish of a Filipino team.

The EASL has tapped former NBA standouts Baron Davis, Metta World Peace, and Shane Battier as its ambassadors. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.