THE PBA board has rejected the latest proposal of Sports5 with regards to the television broadcast of the league's games, standing pat on its stand that it won't settle for anything less than a live broadcast on a VHF free channel.
Emerging from a marathon board meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Chito Salud said the board turned down the latest Sports5 offer which essentially guaranteed the live airing of the matches via Aksyon TV 41 and a parallel broadcast - either on a live or delayed basis - on TV5.
Sports5, which was forced to look for a new channel for the airing of the league's games after ending its block time agreement with IBC 13 last month, is tied to a contract that guarantees the live airing of the pro league's matches in a VHF channel.
Aksyon TV is TV5's sister channel on the UHF band, and doubts have been cast on its signal strength and reach.
"Let's stick to what is on the contract," said league chairman Robert Non. "It says VHF (channel)."
Salud said: "The PBA and TV5 mutually agreed to abide by the terms and provisions of the broadcast contract, particularly on the reach and signal strength of the carrying station to be finally chosen.
"All options are being explored within the context of our live contract."
The board, according to Salud, has given TV5 a counter-proposal and the league's broadcast partner is set to make another presentation on Wednesday before the board decides on the issue "with finality" on Thursday.
But this early, board members have made it known that it won't agree to parameters of the latest proposal.
"Unless the PBA owners change their minds, the broadcast of the PBA games on Studio 23 a few years back will be the last appearance of the league in a UHF channel," said Salud. "We can't settle for a network that has a signal and frequency less superior than IBC 13."
The board has also frowned on the Sports5 plan to move the games to an early-afternoon start during Sundays and delay the tip-off of games by 30 minutes during weekdays to accomodate the parallel live airing of some - but not all - games on TV5. (For the full story on the TV5 proposal, click Sports5's new broadcast proposal puts PBA in Sunday showdown with UAAP games)
"We don't agree with the time and with the channel transfer," said Alaska representative Dickie Bachmann.
Rain or Shine owner Raymund Yu was even candid enough to admit that hedoesn't even know that the channel exists. (Click here for full story on team owner's opposition to TV5 proposal)