THE PBA D-League will finally have a television coverage for its fifth season set in October.
PBA Commissioner Chito Salud bared the league has agreed to a two-year deal with Asian Television Content Corporation (ATCC) and Stoplight Media Group to broadcast the games of the developmental league.
The TV content provider will then air the games on IBC-13 during game days on a delayed basis from 8 to 11 p.m. ATCC and IBC-13 currently have a blocktime agreement.
Salud and ATCC president Engr. Reynaldo Sanchez and Stoplight Media Group president and chief executive officer Matthew Yngson recently agreed to the deal.
Games of the D-League have not been aired regularly on television for two conferences with Sports5 only able to air the finals series.
Sources told Spin.ph the absence of a television coverage has been the major concern of PBA D-League teams since they entered the league primarily for the exposure of their brands in all media platforms.
“We have worked hard to find a network that will not only cover the games but also share our goals and vision for the league. I’m very grateful to Mr. Sanchez and Mr. Yngson for putting their trust and believing that the PBA D-League has lot more to offer than just being a breeding ground for players aspiring to make it to the PBA,” Salud said in a statement.
The Aspirants Cup is tentatively set to open on October 28 with the rookie draft for the season set on September 16.
Teams have until July 30 to submit their letter of intent to join the Aspirants Cup.