PBA chairman Robert Non has called for a special board meeting on Thursday after the league received the latest broadcast proposal from Sports5 that did not comply with the standards set by the league board.
The PBA board had given Sports 5 only two options to choose from after a meeting last week – stay with the original schedule of the airing all games live on IBC-13 or adopt a new schedule of airing the first game at 5:45 p.m. and the main match at 8 p.m. both on TV5.
However, Spin.ph learned that Sports5 forwarded a proposal on Wednesday that didn't conform with either options - one that will have live coverages of the matches on TV5 beginning at 4 p.m., with a one-hour newscast inserted in between before the 7 p.m. airing of the second game.
TV 5 airs its hour-long newscast Aksyon at 6 p.m. under the network’s current programming, although TV5 officials are reportedly willing to cut down the program to 45 minutes.
Non called for the meeting in the face of complaints from board members who are expected to turn down the proposal on Wednesday.
“Tutol dun ang liga. Kasi unang-una ang usapan na eh pumili na lang sila sa dalawa. Tapos bigla pa silang naglabas ng bago na naman nilang proposal,” said a source who requested anonymity as he’s not authorized to talk about the sensitive matter.
“Saka ano ang gagawin ng live audience sa mga venues habang nag-nu-newscast sila ng isang oras,” added the source. “Kahit paikliin pa iyan (newscast to 45 minutes), ano pa rin ang gagawin ng tao sa mga venue. Tutunganga?”
The proposal was reportedly drafted by new Sports5 consultant Peter Chanliong and Vito Lazatin, the two officials in charge of the league's TV coverage under Solar Sports back when it ended up being shown on Studio 23, ABS-CBN's sister channel on the UHF band.
Another league insider questioned the new Sports5 proposal, saying the league face losing a lot of viewers while the newscast is in progress.
“Bakit hindi `yung news nila ang ilagay ng 4 p.m. para tuloy-tuloy? Kasi alam nila na wala pang nanunood ng alas kwatro dahil nasa mga opisina pa ang mga tao?” added the source.
“Masyadong maaga ang 4 p.m. na start sa weekdays. Hindi tatanggapin ng board ito,” he added.
Non scheduled the board meeting at lunchtime at the PBA office in Libis, wherein the governors will tackle the league’s next approach on the already dragging issue which came about after Sports5's blocktime agreement with IBC-13 was terminated at the end of May.
Spin.ph also learned from insiders that Sports 5 officials tinkered with the option of giving up the PBA coverage and paying the P70 million peso sanction agreed upon under the P900 million, multi-year contract it signed with the league in 2011.
But the additional fine of P2 million per game day hindered the move, the source added.