THE planned broadcast coverage proposed by TV5 for the coming PBA Governors Cup bears more positive than negative effects.
New Sports5 head Chot Reyes stressed the point to Spin.ph Friday, saying the offer he tendered before the PBA Board a day before would be a `very good situation’ for the league.
Under the proposal pitched by Reyes to the board, Aksyon TV will air the double header games live on Channel 41 complete with the usual pre-game and post-game commentaries, plus fan interaction.
But the added twist, according to him, is the simultaneous live broadcast of the main game over TV5 starting at 8:30 PM.
“Dadagdagan pa nga namin ng TV5 coverage `yung second game. Tapos may delayed telecast `yung first game. So puro dagdag ito. I think it’s a very good situation,” Reyes said.
But the board shot down the proposal as it objected the airing of the games on separate channels, and at the same time, opposed the late tip-off of the second game.
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Reyes agreed with the board that an 8:30 PM tip-off for the second game is indeed a little bit late. He added Sports5 already submitted a counter-proposal that will have the main offering starting 30 minutes earlier.
“I understand the board na late na nga `yung 8:30, so kailangan namin pag-usapan `yun and find solution to that,” Reyes said. “Nag counter-proposal na kami ng 8 PM na live coverage.
“I don’t want to pre-empt the PBA board, pero I hope that our counter proposal will be acceptable to them,” he added, hoping the issue on timeslot will not be a stumbling block to the realization of network’s broadcast plans.
As to airing the games in two different channels, the national coach said formula is being done even in the coverage of the NBA.
“Pre-game and post-game? We can do that in Aksyon TV. Sa TV5 because of airtime issues, hindi magagawa `yun kasi gipit na sa oras,” he admitted.
“But ganun din naman sa NBA di ba? Pupunta ka sa TNT or ESPN for the game, then for the pre-game and post-game, pupunta ka ng NBA TV. That’s just the same all over.”
Addressing the signal reach, Reyes acknowledged IBC-13 has a wider reach compared to Aksyon TV, which is likewise a UHF channel.
But he said everything is being done to improve the nationwide reach of Channel 41 since the start of the year.
“Right now, mas malawak ang reach ng IBC. Right now. Pero ini-improve na `yung Aksyon TV since the start of the year pa,” said Reyes. “Kaya by the time na mag-open `yung PBA sa August, mas malawak na ang reach ng Aksyon TV sa IBC-13.
“Hindi mo kailangan ng cable, it’s on free TV.”
The Sports5 top executive also clarified that circumstances which they had no control of forced the network to part ways with IBC 13, its blocktime partner for sports channel AKTV since 2011.
“Hindi namin gusto na umalis dun at hindi rin namin kontrolado `yun, kasi ipa-privatize na `yung channel 13, hanggang end of the year na lang sila,” Reyes said.
“Kaya kailangan na talaga naming kumilos ngayon, kasi mas mahirap dahil middle of the first conference `yun,” he said, referring that the privatization of Channel 13 may take effect just as the season-opening Philippine Cup is ongoing.
“Mas mahirap `yun. Kaya gumagawa na kami ng kilos ngayon habang mayroong three months before the third conference.”