WITH the complex TV coverage setup of the PBA games coming under fire from basketball fans, league chairman Mon Seguismundo admitted a return to government-controlled channel IBC-13 is a `possible option’ for the league.
But Seguismundo made it clear, the “option” won’t be easy to pull off.
“We have to understand that it (going back to IBC 13) would entail another arrangement. It’s another contract and that will also entail a lot of investment,” Seguismundo told Spin.ph on Tuesday.
“It is not something we (PBA) would easily do.”
They Said It!
“We have to understand that (going back to IBC 13) would entail another arrangement. It’s another contract and that will also entail a lot of investment,” Seguismundo told Spin.ph on Tuesday. It is not something (the PBA) would easily do." - PBA chairman Mon Seguismundo
As such, the soft-spoken PBA chair is again appealing for league fans to remain patient as the board tries to work hand-in-hand with official TV coveror Sports5 to come up with the best solution in order to end the viewing woes of league fans.
“We know there is no such thing as a perfect situation, but rest assured that we in the PBA and Sports5 are working very hard to ensure the ultimate fan satisfaction,” said Seguismundo, who also serves as board governor of Meralco.
“Of course, it (the solution) may not happen overnight, but the plan is there. We are just contending with the current realities.”
Under the new broadcast set-up, the first game of every weekday doubleheader is shown live on Aksyon TV 41, TV5’s sister channel on the UHF band, and cable channel FOX Sports but not on TV5.
Instead, the game is only shown on a delayed basis by TV5 after its late-evening newscast.
At the same time, PBA fans have turned to social networking sites to air their gripes over the Aksyon TV coverage which they claim is either inaccessible or has a poor signal in their areas.
Sports5 was actually forced to come up with a new broadcast setup after ending its block time agreement with IBC 13 at the end of last season.
Because of the loaded prime time programming of TV5, Sports5 cannot show all the PBA games live on the free channel controlled by the PLDT bloc led by Manny V. Pangilinan.