THE PBA D-League will finally have a television coverage in the ongoing 2014 Aspirants Cup.
PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial made the assurance on Thursday, saying the league is taking steps to bring in a new television partner following the pullout of Sports5 now that the elimination round is nearing its end.
Marcial said league officials are in fact in contact with a potential television partner for the airing of the Aspirants Cup games beginning in the playoff rounds scheduled in February.
“Kausap na dapat namin nung December 30 pero holiday kaya mag-uusap uli kami this month,” Marcial told Spin.ph.
Marcial declined to reveal the network or whether the coverage will be on a live or delayed basis, but Spin.ph reported last November that GMA is one of the networks being eyed to air the 14-team developmental league.
The developmental league was left without a television coverage this conference after Sports5, its TV partner since the D-League's birth in 2011, declined to air the ongoing Aspirants Cup games due to lack of airtime.
Team officials contacted by Spin.ph admitted that the non-airing of D-League games this conference is a major concern since TV exposure was a primary consideration for owners when they joined the league by paying P250,000 (if it has a tie-up with PBA team) or P1 million as franchise fee every conference.
Fans have even made their frustrations known on Spin.ph’s comments section and social media accounts, asking when the PBA D-League will be aired or why it is not on television this conference.
But Marcial has assured the public that the league will have a TV coverage before the conference ends.