PBA: Either TV5 or IBC13 for coverage
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Basketball Association and its official TV coveror Sports5 stayed in a stalemate yesterday, prompting the pro league to set an ultimatum to resolve the impasse.
“We are willing to bend and compromise in terms of the time slot but we are not amenable to airing the games on two different channels. We don’t want to confuse our viewers,” stressed PBA chairman Robert Non.
“So it’s either channel 13 or TV5. That’s our position and they have until Wednesday to respond to our position,” Non also said.
The PBA board of governors set this statement of terms as it turned down Sports5’s latest proposal regarding the telecast of PBA games from the coming PBA Governors Cup until the end of its contract with the pro league in 2016.
During a special board meeting yesterday at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City, TV5’s Peter Chanliong, accompanied by Vitto Lazatin, presented the network’s proposal to air the first game at 5:45 p.m. on IBC 13 and the second game at 8 p.m. on TV5 on Wednesdays and Fridays while Saturday and Sunday games will be telecast on TV5 starting at 3 p.m.