SPORTS5 has no plan to turn its back on its commitment to broadcast the matches of the PBA.
TV5 president Noel Lorenzana made the assurance after personally meeting with league commissioner Chito Salud on Monday at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.
“Pullout? Kung naisip namin 'yun eh di hindi na kami makikipag-usap ulit,” said Lorenzana in a phone interview with Spin.ph. “If that was the case, then wala nang pag-u-usapan."
Lorenzana spoke just hours after Sports5 agreed to keep the coverage of PBA games on IBC-13 for the duration of the Governors Cup after proposals to move the broadcast to UHF channel Aksyon TV 41 and TV5, or both, were turned down by the league board.
The two sides, however, agreed to resume negotiations for a new broadcast set-up at the end of the season. (For full story, see PBA broadcast stays at '13' for the time being under compromise deal)
"The fact is, we’re gonna keep talking. That means, we should be allowed that, for the PBA and us to talk. Read between the lines. It is what it is,” added the television network executive.
Lorenzana, however, did not give a concrete answer on what led TV 5 to agree to a compromise with the league on the games coverage, instead of coming up with a full plan for the remainder of its contractual obligation that runs until 2015.
“Mag-u-usap pa kami. Mag-u-usap pa kami ng PBA board. I think both parties have sincerely agreed to talk again,” he replied. “I think you should leave it (details) to us and the PBA board. Like we said, we agreed to keep talking.”
The newly-appointed TV5 head said he foresees no problems with the TV coverage of the coming conference.
“Wala naman ng iba pang problema (na nakikita before the conference starts) I think, the press release is very positive. I share that with Commissioner Salud. It’s very positive,” Lorenzana said.
“After the conference, we are continuing the discussion to see how best we can proceed. I think, it’s great that we are going back to our regular programming,” he added.
Although league insiders bared that no contract has been signed on the compromise deal, Lorenzana assured that the league coverage will follow the same set-up complete with pre-game and post-game analysis and the usual interaction with fans online.
“The usual, normal set-up. Everything will be there, interaction with the fans etc. It should be there. The normal experience (of PBA viewing),” he added.
But Lorenzana bared the PBA D-League will continue to air on Aksyon TV 41, and the network executive did not close the door on the possibility of again offering the same channel to the league board for the PBA coverage in future negotiations.
“Whatever is the best way forward, we will do that. We’ve always maintained that (Aksyon TV) 41 is a good channel. Kung may pagkukulang man, we’re working towards improving it,” he said.
“But I don’t think that should be discussed now. The whole point is we’re gonna keep on talking.”