ORGANIZERS of the first NBA preseason game in the Philippines are now in negotiations for the television broadcast of the Houston Rockets' match against the Indiana Pacers on October 10.
NBA Asia country manager for the Philippines Carlo Singson said plans to have the historic game be seen by millions of NBA fans around the country and not just the 20,000-plus spectators inside the SM Mall of Asia Arena are now in place.
“Our goal is really to expose this game to as many fans in the world; we want the games to be seen by 90 million Filipinos or more,” Singson told Spin.ph. “We want to make the game accessible everywhere in the Philippines and even outside of it."
The NBA's top official in the Philippines likewise assured that aside from the planned television coverage, organizers are also finding ways to have the game “seen in other form," most likely through live streaming on the inernet.
BTV, which is owned by Solar Entertainment Corp., currently owns the broadcast rights for NBA matches in the country, with the games also shown on ABS-CBN and sister channel Studio 23 under a sharing agreement.
Singson, however, refused to answer if the game will be shown live or on a slightly delayed basis.
“We’re still working on the broadcast plans, that’s something we will announce later on,” he said.
The one-off match has attracted a lot of interest from fans in this basketball-crazy nation who are eager to witness stars like Jeremy Lin and James Harden of the Rockets and the Pacers' Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert and George Hill in action.
However, there are fears that tickets to the match will be priced beyond the reach of most Filipino fans.