DESPITE the ABS-CBN Network's shutdown, the NCAA remains steadfast in its partnership with the television giant.
Management Committee chair Peter Cayco of Arellano said the league will stay with ABS-CBN for at least the next half-decade.
"We'll stick with them," he told Spin.ph.
The NCAA is in the middle of a 10-year deal with ABS-CBN, which was agreed upon in 2015.
ABS-CBN was the league's broadcast partner from 2002 to 2011 before entering a three-year agreement with TV5's sports arm Sports5 from 2012 to 2014.
The league returned to ABS-CBN starting from Season 91, with its current deal lasting to Season 100 in 2024-25.
Cayco acknowledges the difficulties the NCAA will have with ABS-CBN's failure to secure a franchise renewal.
Since returning to the network in 2015, NCAA basketball and volleyball matches were shown live on ABS-CBN Sports+Action.
Uncertain when games can be shown again on free TV, Cayco said the NCAA is willing to go digital.
"Kita naman natin sa ibang bansa, digital na ang mga palabas. Baka nga mas makabuti pa sa atin kung mauna na tayo doon," said Cayco.
ABS-CBN can still show the games on its cable channel Liga, as well as its websites. It is unclear if block timing deal with other networks can be arranged.
For now, though, it's all speculation as the future of the NCAA, starting in Season 96 which Letran will host, remains up in the air due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Cayco has previously said that if worse comes to worst, the next athletic year could begin as late as mid-2021.