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PBA 3-conference format

Philippine Basketball Association 36th Season

Conference 1: 2010-2011 Philippine Cup (All-Filipino Tourney) – starts Oct. 3
– 10 PBA teams will play 14 games each in the eliminations and top 8 teams will advance to the playoffs, eliminating the last 2 teams.
– 10 PBA teams will be divided into 2 groups, those in the same group will play each other once and twice with the teams in the other group.
– Top 2 teams (No. 1 and No. 2) will have a twice to beat advantage against No. 7 and No. 8.
– No. 3 vs No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 will have a best-of-three series
– Semifinals and Finals will be best-of-seven

Conference 2: Import-reinforced conferences
– Imports with the same height limitation
– Single round robin for 10 teams, only top 6 will advance to playoffs
– Top 2 will gain automatic semifinals berth
– No. 3 vs No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5 will have a best-of-five series
– Semifinals and Finals will be best-of-seven

Conference 3: Import-reinforced conferences
– Teams will have a height limitation handicapping system on Imports based on the performances of the teams in the first two conferences.
– Single round robin for 10 teams, only top 6 will advance to playoffs
– Top 6 teams will have another single round robin, records from eliminations will be carried over
– A team which wins four of five games in the second round (regardless of their overall record) gets automatic playoff crack at a finals berth.
– Semifinals and Finals will be best-of-seven