AN avid PBA fan has spearheaded an online petition asking fellow basketball-crazy fans to join him in his quest to convince TV5, the official broadcast partner of Asia’s first play for pay league, to give more priority to the coverage of the league's games.
The petitioner, Nikko del Rosario from Quezon City, wrote a brief but meaningful letter via change.org, a online petition platform, saying the pro league's games bring joy to common folks in the country and should be aired on a channel more accessible to the fans.
Del Rosario explained that not everyone have access to Aksyon TV, TV5’s sister channel on the UHF band which airs most of the games live under the present broadcast set-up taken by Sports5 after ending its block time agreement with IBC 13.
“Mahalagang maabot ng mga pangkaraniwang indibidwal ang pagpapalabas ng PBA, dahil hindi lamang ito ang pinakamatandang liga sa Asya, ngunit ito rin ay sumisimbolo sa patuloy na paglaban ng mga Pilipino, anuman ang mga pagsubok na dumating,” he said.
“Hindi po lahat ng tao ay may kakayahang mapanood ang PBA sa AskyonTV, dahil hindi lahat mayroon nito. Kung mayroon man, malabo. Kaya kung maaari ay bigyang-pansin ito ng TV5 upang lalong tangkilikin ng mga fans hindi lamang ang PBA, kundi pati na rin ang kanilang istasyon,” added del Rosario.
Under this season’s set-up, only the main games of double-headers are being shown live on TV5 during Wednesday and Friday playdates. The same arrangement is followed on Saturdays, except that the games start early at 3 p.m.
The only time both PBA games are shown live by the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned network is during Sundays, when the league has the 3 to 7 p.m. time slot all to itself.
The change in TV schedule has caused frustration and confusion among fans, who have poured out their sentiment on social networking sites and the comments pages of sports websites.
Majority of the gripes zeroed in on the coverage of Aksyon TV, which fans said is mostly not accessible in their areas.
Del Rosario concluded his letter by inviting fellow cage fans to support his petition in the hope that the pro league’s games would be given top priority by TV5.
“Dahil dito, ako po ay nakikiisa sa mga "diehard" PBA fans, sa pamamagitan ng petisyong ito, upang mas bigyang-prayoridad ng TV5 ang pagpapalabas ng PBA. Hindi naman po lingid sa ating kaalaman na ang basketball ang isa sa mga nagpapaligaya at ‘stress reliever’ ng mga tao,” he said.