THE Shakey’s V-League is moving to ABS-CBN.
Although the league organizer Sports Vision and ABS-CBN have yet to formally sign a contract, commissioner Tony Boy Liao said both parties are in the final stages of talks on an agreement for the live coverage of the games on ABS-CBN Sports and Action Channel 23.
“Dos na kami,” said Liao, referring to ABS-CBN.
The country’s first amateur volleyball league, which was previously aired on GMA News TV, has already kicked off its Season 13 Open Conference on Sunday but it was not televised due to the undecided partnership with the broadcasting giant.
“Nagkaroon na kami ng meeting with ABS-CBN and there has been an agreement and definitely ABS-CBN Sports will be covering the Shakey’s V-League,” said Sports Vision chairman Moying Martelino during the announcement at UCC Café in Capitol Commons, Pasig.
"The contract will still have to be signed but we already had a handshake, nagkaayusan na kami that this will be aired by ABS-CBN Sports," he added.
Under the deal that is being ironed out, Liao said the games will be shown live on Channel 23 every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.
Martelino was also pleased to announce that fans can also catch the games live online on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
“I’m very happy because the games will be carried live,” he said. “It is really a big thing because people would want to watch the game live.”
SPIN.ph learned that ABS-CBN has been interested in broadcasting the pioneering volleyball league but only if it will be solely called “V-League.” But apparently, ABS-CBN and Shakey’s have ironed things out.
“Pinaplantsa na lang ‘yung sa Shakey’s. Yesterday, they already talked and it will still be called Shakey’s V-League,” said Liao, who expressed gratefulnesss to Shakey’s for staying as the league's title sponsor.
“Hindi sila aayaw kasi they have been with us for the past 12 years,” said Liao.
Liao hopes that the entry of ABS-CBN, which has the broadcast rights for the UAAP, will be a boost for Philippine volleyball.
“It’s a boost for us. Hopefully, it will also be good for volleyball,” he said.
In the curtain-raiser, National U will take on Laoag at 4:00 p.m. followed by the match between University of the Philippines and Pocari Sweat.
Bali Pure, Air Force and provincial teams Iriga and Baguio complete the eight participating teams.
Games will be on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesday s at The Arena in San Juan.