JUST the NCAA's luck.
The live coverage of TV5 of the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball Final Four was bumped off on Thursday by the airing of Janet Napoles' much-anticipated appearance in the Senate inquiry into the 'pork barrel' scam.
With the Napoles investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee dragging well past the 12:30 p.m. start time of the NCAA, Sports5 was forced to start the live airing of the Final Four match between Letran and San Sebastian on TV5’s sister station Aksyon TV Channel 41 to give way to the special news coverage.
TV5 said it will immediately return to the airing of Wednesday’s Final Four live games that includes the showdown between San Beda and University of Perpetual Help once the coverage of the Senate inquiry ends.
However, the station's coverage of the Napoles testimony ended at 4:30 p.m., too late to air even just a portion of the day's NCAA double-header.
The TV5 airing has been seen as a major boost for the country's oldest collegiate league which has seen limited TV exposure this season owing to Aksyon TV 41's limited reach on the UHF band.
After Aksyon TV aired the entire elimination round games, TV5 decided to show the Final Four and the championship series on its flagship network to gain more viewers.