Network giant ABS-CBN has expressed their interest on airing PBA games anew especially after they have re-launched, studio 23 as their newest all-sports channel but the company won’t acquire the broadcast rights of the league unless there’s an opportunity.
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In the official launch of the newly-labeled ABS-CBN Sports+Action, on Thursday, the network’s Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena said that the company is open to the possibility to work with any sports partner.
Had the idea of getting back the Asia’s first play-per-pay league prosper, the problem standing on the way of the TV station would be the existing contract of the PBA to its official coverer, Sports5.
“Currently, nire-respeto namin ‘yung mga kontrata for live sports events,” said Laurena in a statement on Spin.ph
The contract of the PBA and Sports5 is said to last until 2016 after the latter won a five-year contract bid and started covering lives games on September 2011.
The ABS-CBN, particularly its sister-channel in UHF band also used to air the country’s only pro-basketball league from February to August of the same year.
The ABS-CBN Sports+Action will officially replace studio 23 starting tomorrow with its regularly programming contain 70 percent about sports.