Chito Salud holding on to TV5's commitment to show all PBA games live by next season
PBA commissioner Chito Salud says TV5's decision to broadcast all league games live next season is in response to the urgings of the PBA board and the clamor from fans. Jerome Ascano

NO need to switch from UHF to free channel when watching a PBA doubleheader by next season.

As the official television partner of Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league, TV5 has committed to broadcast all the PBA games live when it welcomes its 40th season by October, assured Commissioner Chito Salud.

“Right now, all games (for the 40th PBA season) will be shown live na at TV5,” Salud disclosed to Spin.ph on Friday.

Salud said a banner season that saw San Mig Super Coffee complete just the fifth Grand Slam in league history may have prompted TV5 to finally air all league games live under one channel.  

“Siguro, after TV5 saw the games, ratings-wise of our games (last season), they made room na for the PBA by allowing our games to be shown live (next season),” he added.

Last year, confusion marred the television coverage of the league.

The first game of the weekday doubleheaders set at 5:45 p.m. was shown live on the UHF band Aksyon TV 41. TV5, meanwhile, beamed the second game at 8 p.m. live, with the first game shown in the free channel on a delayed basis later at 11 p.m.

The set-up understandably drew a lot of flak from PBA fans.

TV5 was actually forced to have a new broadcast set-up last season after deciding to end its block time agreement with government-controlled channel IBC-13 in the middle of 2013.

Unfortunately, the broadcast network failed to find a slot for PBA games in its already loaded primetime programming.

With a new television set-up this season, the the league’s expanded playdates of Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will all be shown live.

Salud said with all games expected to be shown live, the league is now working on moving the weekday playdates at an earlier schedule.

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“We’ll announce the (adjusted) time later, but TV5 has committed to us an additional one game day which is Tuesday and it will air all our games live in response to request of not just the board of governors, but even clamor of the fans,” said the commissioner.

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