IF you plan to watch Gilas Pilipinas' farewell game in the 2014 Asian Games, chances are you won't find it on television.
Sources from Asiad partner TV5 bared the host broadcaster in Incheon, South Korea has decided not to set up a coverage team for Gilas' battle for seventh place against Mongolia on Wednesday.
The Korean broadcaster, the source said, explained that other medal events in athletics, boxing and other sporting disciplines which require additional production manpower will be held simultaneously with the Gilas-Mongolia game.
It is also impossible for the lean TV5 team in Korea to do the television coverage as it doesn't have the required equipment and cameras, which are also used as backpack units to cover other Pinoy athletes.
"Hindi na talaga kaya ilabas yung Mongolia game, yun ngang China game kahapon, ginawan na lang ng paraan," said the source of the Gilas game played around 3:15 p.m. on Monday but aired beginning at 9 p.m. on TV5.
"Puno yung platform ng host broadcaster kahapon. Puro finals ang kasabay. Priority nila syempre yung mga medal events," added the TV5 insider.
In multi-sport events like the Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games and the Olynpic Games, organizers contract an outfit to act as host broadcaster which will then beam the video feeds to different subscribers from other countries.
The non-airing of the Gilas game should be a blow to the TV5 coverage since coverage of the national basketballteam's games carried the biggest commercial load in Sports5's coverage of the Asiad.
"Lahat ng commercial na malalaki sa basketball pumasok. Pag ibang sport nagdadalawang isip," said a TV5 source.