Philippine Basketball, Economy and Politics: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Hit the Filipinos’ Most Beloved Sport


This paper explores how the prolonged quarantine measures in the Philippines has affected the economics and politics of basketball, arguably the most beloved sport among Filipinos, given its sub-cultural underpinnings and significance as a venue of public interaction. It presents the sport and its foremost structure (basketball court) as an "economic hub" in limbo because of strict lockdowns and limited people movement. The void left by the "economic hub" discourse is now greatly filled by the politics of "public utility" hinged on the utilization of basketball courts as quarantine sites and holding areas for lockdown violators, among others. Finally, the paper will show that a sport like basketball can transcend the realm of the "apolitical" and become an outpost of relevant scholarship at the time of the pandemic.

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Anthony Andrew Divinagracia, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

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Conference: KAMC2020
Stream: Politics and Philosophy

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