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amdgc82
03-05-2008, 07:08 AM
ABC-5 OUT NA SA PBA? TV coveror war (http://www.abante-tonite.com/issue/mar0508/sports1.htm)
By Zaldy Perez
www.abante-tonite.com

Out na nga kaya ang ABC 5 bilang official co*veror ng PBA League?

Hindi pa nasisimulan ang second conference o nasa kalagitnaan pa lamang ang katatapos na first conference, balitang nag-e-entertain na ang PBA board ng mga TV stations na gustong mag-bid para sa pagko-cover ng PBA games.

Matatapos ang kontrata ng ABC 5 hanggang nito lamang second conference na sisimulan sa Marso 30 ng kasalukuyang taon.

Ayon sa mapagkakatiwalaang source, wala pang ibinibigay na pasabi ang board sa ABC 5 kung magkakaroon ng extension ang kanilang kontrata.

Taliwas dito, balitang nagkakaroon na ng negosasyon ang PBA sa magkalabang higanteng mga TV stations -- GMA 7 at ABS-CBN.

Umano dalawang ulit ng nakipag-usap ang ABS-CBN sa PBA tungkol sa kanilang bid gayundin ang GMA 7.

Hindi naman direktang iniaalok ng ABS-CBN ang mismong channel 2 kundi ang channel 23 kung saan doon ipinalalabas ang PABL (PBL) at UAAP games.

Ang GMA 7 naman ay ang kanilang QTV ang inihahain para sa PBA games coverage.

Naunang napabalita na tila pumapabor ang PBA sa QTV dahil isang buong package ang offer nito. Ibig sabihin pati ang international coverage ng PBA ay ipo-produce na rin ng QTV.

Gayunpaman, tinapatan din umano ng ABS-CBN channel 23 ang proposal ng QTV kaya’t balitang tila nagkakaroon sa kasalukuyan ng mahigpit na labanan ng dalawang TV stations.

Kaya nga balitang walang itulak kabigin ang PBA dahil parehong maganda ang package offer ng GMA at ABS-CBN.

Ayon sa ilang analysts, kung alin sa dalawang istasyon ang makaangat sa isasagawang presentation, iyon ang malamang na makakuha ng coverage rights.

Marami umanong TV stations ang gustong makisali sa bidding, pero wala umanong ini-entertain na iba ang PBA sa ngayon kundi ang GMA at ABS-CBN lamang, isang malakas na indikasyon na itsa-puwera na ang ABC 5 sa labanan.

Wala pang ipinalalabas na impormasyon ang PBA kung magkano ang kontrata na iniaalok ng GMA at ABS-CBN.

coreytaylor
03-05-2008, 03:46 PM
Sana ABS-CBN (Studio 23)! Wohooooooooooooo! 8)

james_ty
03-05-2008, 05:30 PM
Here's my personal take on the issue:

Whatever happens to the bidding, if either ABS-CBN or GMA gets the PBA, then the league and its fans will benefit from it.

Both networks have a clear signal here and abroad, and they have the money and the logistics to put up a quality coverage.

ABC kasi is slowly losing money and its signal is not that good in many areas.

We may even see a lot of celebrities watching the games and helping promote the PBA with the players.

That should raise the PBA's entertainment value.

james_ty
03-07-2008, 02:39 PM
http://justanothergame.com/2008/03/06/pba-to-transfer-to-studio-23/#more-125

Read this blog.

joelex
03-07-2008, 03:31 PM
sana naman matuloy nga. nakakawalang gana lang manuod pag nakikita graphics ng ABC. sa totoo lang malaking dahilan maganda manuod ng NBA pag ESPN or TNT ang broadcast, extensive ang coverage and analysis, di gaya dito commenting on what the viewers already know. S23 is the closest we can get.

gameface_one
04-10-2008, 08:42 AM
Is it goodbye, ABC 5?



By Waylon Galvez
mb.com.ph

PBA broadcaster ABC 5 is reportedly weighing its options on whether to bid again to retain the TV broadcasting rights for the country’s most popular sports league after getting signals that the PBA is looking for a new carrier.


ABC’s five-year relationship with the PBA will end after the current Fiesta Conference and the league has started to accept bids from networks and other interested parties.

An ABC source who requested not to be identified, said the PBA sent what seemed like a perfunctory notice to the television station but minus details such as guidelines on what the league wants for the coverage.

"They were given little time to prepare," the source said.

The source added that ABC will decide within the week if it will participate in the bidding.

The network paid PBA a total of P70 million this season.

Network giants ABS-CBN and GMA 7 have reportedly expressed interest to acquire the TV rights with having the inside track to get the TV rights, other sources said.

marmand
04-10-2008, 09:56 AM
Transferring to a bigger network would do wonders for the PBA. Exposure wise they will have an upgrade. Just wondering how the big networks will fit in the PBA in their schedule with all the telenovelas aired during the gametime of the PBA? ;D

The_Big_Cat
04-10-2008, 10:55 AM
Here's my personal take on the issue:

Whatever happens to the bidding, if either ABS-CBN or GMA gets the PBA, then the league and its fans will benefit from it.
Both networks have a clear signal here and abroad, and they have the money and the logistics to put up a quality coverage.
ABC kasi is slowly losing money and its signal is not that good in many areas.
We may even see a lot of celebrities watching the games and helping promote the PBA with the players.
That should raise the PBA's entertainment value.


I agree. But I would definitely choose Studio23 (ABS-CBN) over QTV (GMA). ABS has definitely refused to use its Channel2 station to broadcast the games in the previous bidding. However, that could change if GMA would be able use its Channel7 station. It remains to be seen until the bidding presentation itself.

erichubert
04-10-2008, 11:23 AM
I doubt that either GMA or ABS would put the broadcast of the PBA in their main channels, the ratings of the games would put them in a disadvantage. I think even with additional exposure, the PBA games wouldn't reach the 20-25% ratings numbers of their current primetime shows. I good solution would be what I hear ABS-CBN is proposing which is to televise the games on Studio 23, then televise one game a week on ABS-CBN, maybe the main game on Sunday. That would be good, it would put that one game in the centerstage ala Monday Night Football game in the US.

james_ty
04-10-2008, 11:30 AM
ABC-5 is pulling out of the PBA TV bidding. So this means that it's down to either ABS-CBN or GMA.

Expect Solar Sports to be the darkhorse.

erichubert
04-10-2008, 11:39 AM
I think if ever Solar would partner with GMA so that still leaves the two big networks for the coverage of the PBA.

batangueño
04-10-2008, 12:26 PM
Given its lack of sports coverage experience, GMA definitely has to partner itself with Solar to bid for the rights to broadcast the PBA. GMA, being the "wealthier" entity, can provide the capital (e.g. cameras and other equipment) and the airtime (over QTV) while Solar brings in the experience in sports coverage (i.e., the sportscasters and the advisers on how to do the coverage).

Dark Knight
04-10-2008, 01:19 PM
If Studio 23 will cover the PBA, di a mag kaka conflict sa UAAP and NCAA as these leagues ay nagkakasabay n schedule?

PBA's 1st conf ay sabay sa mga collegiate leagues. Or iibahin nila ng araw ang mga laro?

The_Big_Cat
04-10-2008, 01:23 PM
If Studio 23 will cover the PBA, di a mag kaka conflict sa UAAP and NCAA as these leagues ay nagkakasabay n schedule?

PBA's 1st conf ay sabay sa mga collegiate leagues. Or iibahin nila ng araw ang mga laro?


Yes. That could be one conflict to consider. Mas maganda sana sa GMA in its channel 7 not the QTV. Anyway, part ng GMA family si Chino Trinidad, who was once a color-commentator in the PBA for Bobong Velez's Vintage Sports.

batangueño
04-10-2008, 01:32 PM
Sorry kung off-topic pero hindi ba't papatapos na this year ang kontrata ng UAAP with ABS-CBN? Would it be possible that ABS-CBN would let go of the UAAP in favor of the PBA? ???

The_Big_Cat
04-10-2008, 01:47 PM
Would it be possible that ABS-CBN would let go of the UAAP in favor of the PBA? ???

Pwede mo rin itanong na: Is ABC-5 giving up the PBA for the UAAP?
Malaki ang ibinabayad ng isang network to get exclusive rights to broadcast the PBA. Medyo, financially-constrained these past years ang ABC-5, the logical reason why they would not seek an extension. But with the UAAP, its not that big of a money compared with the PBA but it attracts a large viewership. Would you believe, mas malakas pa raw ang viewership sa collegiate leagues kaysa sa PBA?

erichubert
04-10-2008, 01:56 PM
I don't see it as such, I think the PBA and the collegiate leagues can co-exist in one channel. If you look at the schedules of the tournaments closely, the UAAP and the NCAA runs during the off-season of the PBA so there is no conflict really. If ever they would interlap, it would probably be for a few weeks only. I highly doubt that ABS-CBN would let go of the UAAP, not after investing so much to get it where it is right now.

The_Big_Cat
04-10-2008, 02:03 PM
In the end it will eventually be The Board who will decide on who has the best offer on the table.

stonecold316
04-10-2008, 03:16 PM
Hindi maganda ang signal kasi ng channel 5 eh. Tsaka limited ang reach nila so para sa akin stick na lang ang UAAP sa Studio 23.

Anyway, mahal talaga ang bayad ng Channel 5 sa PBA pagating sa telecast ng games. And as far as I know, medyo hirap si Tonyboy Cojuangco ngayon financially.

stonecold316

james_ty
04-10-2008, 03:53 PM
Hindi maganda ang signal kasi ng channel 5 eh. Tsaka limited ang reach nila so para sa akin stick na lang ang UAAP sa Studio 23.

Anyway, mahal talaga ang bayad ng Channel 5 sa PBA pagating sa telecast ng games. And as far as I know, medyo hirap si Tonyboy Cojuangco ngayon financially.

stonecold316


ABC lost a lot of money when it aired Philippine Idol. Kaya nga nasa GMA na ang Idol franchise.

james_ty
04-10-2008, 04:17 PM
If Studio 23 will cover the PBA, di a mag kaka conflict sa UAAP and NCAA as these leagues ay nagkakasabay n schedule?

PBA's 1st conf ay sabay sa mga collegiate leagues. Or iibahin nila ng araw ang mga laro?


Yes. That could be one conflict to consider. Mas maganda sana sa GMA in its channel 7 not the QTV. Anyway, part ng GMA family si Chino Trinidad, who was once a color-commentator in the PBA for Bobong Velez's Vintage Sports.


I talked to Chino himself a while ago. He said that GMA is not bidding for the PBA. So the fight now is between Solar and ABS-CBN.

batangueño
04-10-2008, 09:39 PM
Kabayang james_ty, kung totoo ang sinasabi mo, mahihirapan ang Solar sa ABS-CBN kung sosolohin nito ang laban sa PBA bidding wars. If I were Wilson Tieng, makikipag-tie up ako sa GMA para mas malakas ang chances ko na makuha ang rights sa PBA kumpara sa solo flight akong makikipag-giyera kina Lopez.

amdgc82
04-11-2008, 05:13 AM
ABC-5 won’t bid for PBA rights (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008041089)
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Friday, April 11, 2008
http://philstar.com

It’s final. The ABC-5 network will not bid to renew its coveror’s PBA contract, which expires in July, leaving only ABS-CBN and Solar Sports in the race for the TV rights.

ABC-5 managing director Bobby Barreiro confirmed the decision in a letter dated last April 8 to PBA chairman Tony Chua. The letter was submitted the other day.

“While we are confident that we can contribute more to the PBA’s success, ABC-5, our mother network, has opted to take a different route to serve its publics,” wrote Barreiro.

“Soon, it will announce the launching of a combination of programs that is meant to delight the viewers.* Given the current schedule of the PBA games, ABC-5 will no longer be able to telecast all the games live which is a condition in the current contract. Thus, we have decided not to submit a bid for the television rights of the PBA’s next seasons.”

Barreiro, however, assured Chua the network will continue to provide “the best possible coverage and telecast of the PBA games until the end of our contract.”

After ABS-CBN and Solar Sports turned in their bids, the PBA invited ABC-5 to take its turn.

“We have been a loyal ally and partner of the PBA for over three years now,” said Barreiro. “Together, we have worked very hard to achieve gains for the league and we are pleased to note that our collective efforts have borne fruit. The PBA is now much stronger than it was three years ago – the fans are back, the ratings are higher, the public image is better, the players are more popular and the advertisers are more willing to invest in the league.”

Barreiro cited several highlights of ABC-5’s relationship which began in February 2004.

“ABC-5 has helped the PBA not just in television production and programming but also in other aspects such as marketing and sales,” continued Barreiro. “It is also worthy to note that in close to a decade, ABC-5 is the PBA’s first partner to be able to fulfill all its financial obligations to the league. While the past two coverors defaulted in payments to the PBA, ABC-5 is set to satisfy all the financial requirements in its contract when it concludes in July 2008.”

In particular, Barreiro zeroed in on the PBA’s improved TV ratings. He said based on a minute-by-minute analysis, the PBA has even beaten the programs of GMA and ABS-CBN on a few occasions, including Game 7 of the 2007-08 Philippine Cup finals where the audience share was 20.9 percent and which was the No. 2 program behind GMA “at some point,” the 2007 game between Ginebra and Purefoods which rated No. 1 for eight minutes and No. 2 for 20 minutes and a 2007 game between Ginebra and San Miguel which was No. 1 for four minutes.

Barreiro said in marketing, ABC-5 initiated high-impact programs like the “Gameboys” massive billboard campaign for the new generation of PBA superstars, the recording of Louie Ocampo’s composition “Game Ko, PBA,” the Astig campaign and the Astig Dolls.

“Through ABC-5’s efforts, the word ‘astig’ has become synonymous with the PBA,” said Barreiro.

You sensed a note of sadness in Barreiro’s letter a copy of which we received last Wednesday. ABC-5 bid for the PBA rights four years ago when the league experienced major difficulties stemming from the non-payment of dues by past TV franchisees. It came into the picture with eyes wide open and ready to go the extra mile in reviving public interest in Asia’s first play-for-pay league.

There were good and bad times during ABC-5’s watch but overall, the PBA really couldn’t complain. ABC-5 did what it could to fulfill its part of the bargain and that was more than enough to give the PBA a new beginning and a strong upside.

ABC-5 is moving on and so is the PBA. The challenge is for the new coveror to continue the march forward because the future couldn’t be brighter for the league.

amdgc82
04-11-2008, 05:16 AM
ABS-CBN, Solar bidding for PBA rights (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008041086)
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, April 11, 2008
http://philstar.com

ABS-CBN or Solar Sports will be the next TV coveror of the Philippine Basketball Association.

The PBA board of governors is now studying the two networks’ bid presentations, hoping to come up with a decision on which outfit to award its exclusive TV rights in its next meeting.

The PBA games will be televised over Studio 23 if ABS-CBN gains the rights. Solar Sports, on the other hand, will have RPN-9 as the PBA TV carrier if it ends up the winning bidder.

ABC-5, the PBA’s TV partner the last five years, has opted not to join the process, sending PBA board chairman Tony Chua a letter yesterday, informing the league that it’s not submitting a bid.

Network top official Bobby Barreiro met their key people in ABC-5 Sports Wednesday night also informing them of the decision not to seek extension of their contract with the PBA which expires at the end of the current season.

“Why make a bid when we know they’ve long been having meetings with ABS-CBN?” said another ABC-5 top official.

“ABC-5 talents were advised not to feel sorry because the network will launch new shows. Employes were also given reprieve that they can look for another job, and it will not be taken against them. Everyone was urged to work hard even more up to the end of the contract. That’s the kind of a partner the PBA is losing,” the same network official said.

Solar Sports, which has been covering practically all sports in the land, local or foreign, including the recent fights of Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao, made its presentation only last week.

ABS-CBN, which also carries the UAAP and NCAA games on Studio 23, presented its bid earlier. IBC-13 and NBN-4 aren’t expected to make a bid since they had been the PBA’s TV partners before, leaving with huge debts to the league.

Meanwhile, Red Bull seeks to regain a share of the lead with Coca-Cola as prolific import Adam Parada and the Bulls battle the Talk n Text Phone Pals in the Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum today.

Gie Abanilla returns to the Red Bull bench to assist head coach Yeng Guiao coming off a one-month coaching clinic in the United States.

Returning imports Randy Holcomb and Jameel Watkins face off again in Philippine soil as Alaska Milk and Magnolia clash in the day’s other game.

The Bulls are looking for their third straight win, while the Pals and the Aces shoot for their second win in three outings. The Beverage Masters, meanwhile, are out to check a two-game slump.

In another development, the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants import Darius Rice was spared a major injury after he was rushed to the Medical City Hospital Wednesday night.

“There’s no nasal fracture or dislocation. What was injured was only a soft tissue which has been his problem since high school,” said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.

erichubert
04-11-2008, 10:49 AM
Since RPN-9 would be the channel Solar is partnering with, I would find it hard to see the PBA Board award the rights to Solar. I think they are just accomodating Solar's offer to be fair to all, they will give it to ABS-CBN eventually.

stat
04-11-2008, 11:05 AM
Since RPN-9 would be the channel Solar is partnering with, I would find it hard to see the PBA Board award the rights to Solar. I think they are just accomodating Solar's offer to be fair to all, they will give it to ABS-CBN eventually.



vhf ang hanap na tv partner ng pba

erichubert
04-11-2008, 11:12 AM
Kahit UHF lang ang offer ng ABS-CBN, nobody can market a product better than they do, no doubt the hype they will generate for the PBA would offset the fact that it would be carried on Studio 23 only.

The_Big_Cat
04-11-2008, 12:36 PM
Although ABS-CBN is offering its Studio23 channel to broadcast the PBA games, ABS-CBN could study the option of putting the Sunday PBA Games on its channel2 para mas malakas ang hatak sa viewers.

james_ty
04-11-2008, 02:16 PM
Although ABS-CBN is offering its Studio23 channel to broadcast the PBA games, ABS-CBN could study the option of putting the Sunday PBA Games on its channel2 para mas malakas ang hatak sa viewers.


I'm in favor of that, Big Cat.

My suggestion is -- air one PBA Game on Sunday nights over Channel 2. Huwag galawin ang Wednesday and Friday dahil nandoon ang TV Patrol World at ang mga teleserye.

If ABS-CBN does this, hindi maapektuhan ang Us Girls sa Studio 23 on Sunday nights.

james_ty
04-11-2008, 02:17 PM
Kabayang james_ty, kung totoo ang sinasabi mo, mahihirapan ang Solar sa ABS-CBN kung sosolohin nito ang laban sa PBA bidding wars. If I were Wilson Tieng, makikipag-tie up ako sa GMA para mas malakas ang chances ko na makuha ang rights sa PBA kumpara sa solo flight akong makikipag-giyera kina Lopez.


Solar wants RPN kasi that station has the NBA Games.

Sa GMA naman, they have no sports programming department. QTV is a channel targetted towards women viewers. Walang masyadong commercials ang mga shows sa Q.

The_Big_Cat
04-11-2008, 02:34 PM
Although ABS-CBN is offering its Studio23 channel to broadcast the PBA games, ABS-CBN could study the option of putting the Sunday PBA Games on its channel2 para mas malakas ang hatak sa viewers.


I'm in favor of that, Big Cat.

My suggestion is -- air one PBA Game on Sunday nights over Channel 2. Huwag galawin ang Wednesday and Friday dahil nandoon ang TV Patrol World at ang mga teleserye.

If ABS-CBN does this, hindi maapektuhan ang Us Girls sa Studio 23 on Sunday nights.

Yes. Untouchable ang TV PATROL. But on Sunday afternoons, maybe they could move the time for The Buzz before the PBA and adjust the Goin' Bulilit and Rated K after the PBA.

Sometimes, the PBA also has a provincial games on Saturday and this could be studied and be put in Channel2.

james_ty
04-11-2008, 02:54 PM
Although ABS-CBN is offering its Studio23 channel to broadcast the PBA games, ABS-CBN could study the option of putting the Sunday PBA Games on its channel2 para mas malakas ang hatak sa viewers.


I'm in favor of that, Big Cat.

My suggestion is -- air one PBA Game on Sunday nights over Channel 2. Huwag galawin ang Wednesday and Friday dahil nandoon ang TV Patrol World at ang mga teleserye.

If ABS-CBN does this, hindi maapektuhan ang Us Girls sa Studio 23 on Sunday nights.

Yes. Untouchable ang TV PATROL. But on Sunday afternoons, maybe they could move the time for The Buzz before the PBA and adjust the Goin' Bulilit and Rated K after the PBA.

Sometimes, the PBA also has a provincial games on Saturday and this could be studied and be put in Channel2.


Imposibleng alisin ng Dos ang The Buzz. The network needs this show against Showbiz Central.

My suggestion is -- put the PBA second game after The Buzz. Then Sharon or PBB could be next. That's My Doc, Goin' Bulilit and Rated K can be placed on new time slots.

Maybe ABS should scrap Sunday's Best unless that Sunday night time slot is reserved for specials like the Miss Earth or concerts by the network's top singers.

The_Big_Cat
04-11-2008, 02:58 PM
Although ABS-CBN is offering its Studio23 channel to broadcast the PBA games, ABS-CBN could study the option of putting the Sunday PBA Games on its channel2 para mas malakas ang hatak sa viewers.


I'm in favor of that, Big Cat.

My suggestion is -- air one PBA Game on Sunday nights over Channel 2. Huwag galawin ang Wednesday and Friday dahil nandoon ang TV Patrol World at ang mga teleserye.

If ABS-CBN does this, hindi maapektuhan ang Us Girls sa Studio 23 on Sunday nights.

Yes. Untouchable ang TV PATROL. But on Sunday afternoons, maybe they could move the time for The Buzz before the PBA and adjust the Goin' Bulilit and Rated K after the PBA.

Sometimes, the PBA also has a provincial games on Saturday and this could be studied and be put in Channel2.


Imposibleng alisin ng Dos ang The Buzz. The network needs this show against Showbiz Central.

My suggestion is -- put the PBA second game after The Buzz. Then Sharon or PBB could be next. That's My Doc, Goin' Bulilit and Rated K can be placed on new time slots.

Maybe ABS should scrap Sunday's Best unless that Sunday night time slot is reserved for specials like the Miss Earth or concerts by the network's top singers.

Pasensya ka na, hindi kasi ako mahilig sa tsismis. ;D
Seriously, if you move just one game why not both of those games para may continuity. At para hindi pa mahirapan ang viewers to switch channels. Anyways, these are good options for the network if they do study this. :)

james_ty
04-11-2008, 03:05 PM
Although ABS-CBN is offering its Studio23 channel to broadcast the PBA games, ABS-CBN could study the option of putting the Sunday PBA Games on its channel2 para mas malakas ang hatak sa viewers.


I'm in favor of that, Big Cat.

My suggestion is -- air one PBA Game on Sunday nights over Channel 2. Huwag galawin ang Wednesday and Friday dahil nandoon ang TV Patrol World at ang mga teleserye.

If ABS-CBN does this, hindi maapektuhan ang Us Girls sa Studio 23 on Sunday nights.

Yes. Untouchable ang TV PATROL. But on Sunday afternoons, maybe they could move the time for The Buzz before the PBA and adjust the Goin' Bulilit and Rated K after the PBA.

Sometimes, the PBA also has a provincial games on Saturday and this could be studied and be put in Channel2.


Imposibleng alisin ng Dos ang The Buzz. The network needs this show against Showbiz Central.

My suggestion is -- put the PBA second game after The Buzz. Then Sharon or PBB could be next. That's My Doc, Goin' Bulilit and Rated K can be placed on new time slots.

Maybe ABS should scrap Sunday's Best unless that Sunday night time slot is reserved for specials like the Miss Earth or concerts by the network's top singers.

Pasensya ka na, hindi kasi ako mahilig sa tsismis. ;D
Seriously, if you move just one game why not both of those games para may continuity. At para hindi pa mahirapan ang viewers to switch channels. Anyways, these are good options for the network if they do study this. :)


I don't think this will happen on ABS-CBN's Sunday time slot. As I have said, Channel 2 just cannot remove The Buzz because many viewers like showbiz talk shows. Studio 23 should air the first game since the time slot is open and then Channel 2 can take over for the second game

james_ty
04-11-2008, 03:08 PM
I also notice that since last conference, I've seen a lot of ABS-CBN stars watch the PBA games, like Maja Salvador, Mariel Rodriguez, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Valerie Concepcion and Gemma Fitzgerald of Koolchx.

With ABS-CBN's help, I'm sure more Kapamilya stars will come and watch the games.

Baka mostly Kapamilya stars will be the muses for the next opening.

Kung Solar, baka may kaunting Kapuso stars sa opening.

The_Big_Cat
04-11-2008, 03:11 PM
I also notice that since last conference, I've seen a lot of ABS-CBN stars watch the PBA games, like Maja Salvador, Mariel Rodriguez, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Valerie Concepcion and Gemma Fitzgerald of Koolchx.

With ABS-CBN's help, I'm sure more Kapamilya stars will come and watch the games.

Baka mostly Kapamilya stars will be the muses for the next opening.

Kung Solar, baka may kaunting Kapuso stars sa opening.

If ABS-CBN do seal the contract, expect Willie Revillame or Edu Manzano to host the opening games together with the ABS All-Stars. Good recipe for viewing, Basketball + Showbiz.

james_ty
04-11-2008, 03:15 PM
I also notice that since last conference, I've seen a lot of ABS-CBN stars watch the PBA games, like Maja Salvador, Mariel Rodriguez, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Valerie Concepcion and Gemma Fitzgerald of Koolchx.

With ABS-CBN's help, I'm sure more Kapamilya stars will come and watch the games.

Baka mostly Kapamilya stars will be the muses for the next opening.

Kung Solar, baka may kaunting Kapuso stars sa opening.

If ABS-CBN do seal the contract, expect Willie Revillame or Edu Manzano to host the opening games together with the ABS All-Stars. Good recipe for viewing, Basketball + Showbiz.


Just like what ABS did to the MBA before.

The_Big_Cat
04-11-2008, 03:18 PM
Ayan na lang ang kulang sa ABS-CBN, ang PBA. They are the dominant network in the country, and it would be the icing in the cake if they get the exclusive rights of the PBA.

batangueño
04-11-2008, 03:58 PM
Talo na ang Solar dito. Expect the PBA board to award the broadcast rights to ABS-CBN.

coreytaylor
04-11-2008, 04:06 PM
The PBA on ABS-CBN Sports! ---->>>Astig pakinggan ahh! Pwde Pwde! ;D

The_Big_Cat
04-11-2008, 04:39 PM
The PBA on ABS-CBN Sports! ---->>>Astig pakinggan ahh! Pwde Pwde! ;D


Parang Advertisement ah! :D ;D

nastrans
04-11-2008, 08:08 PM
I also notice that since last conference, I've seen a lot of ABS-CBN stars watch the PBA games, like Maja Salvador, Mariel Rodriguez, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, Valerie Concepcion and Gemma Fitzgerald of Koolchx.

With ABS-CBN's help, I'm sure more Kapamilya stars will come and watch the games.

Baka mostly Kapamilya stars will be the muses for the next opening.

Kung Solar, baka may kaunting Kapuso stars sa opening.


Wala namang factor yang artista na yan manonood ng games para "suportahan" ang liga, bottomline it will not totally help the league gain popularity, e di parang ginawa lang guinea pig ang PBA para ilagay iexpose ang mga artista.

pio_valenz
04-12-2008, 12:10 AM
Somehow I just don't like the idea of one network covering both the UAAP and the PBA, all the more if it's ABS-CBN. A sportscasting monopoly will mean seeing the same sportscasting "talents" over and over again. The emergence of Solar as a force in sports programming was good for the local sports scene. It gave ABS-CBN Sports some competition. But ABS-CBN being a Lopez company, they really don't believe in healthy competition and prefer to set up monopolies. I hope they don't win the bid.

amdgc82
04-12-2008, 04:54 AM
What it takes to do the PBA (http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080411122)
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
Saturday, April 12, 2008
http://philstar.com

The bidding has begun for the PBA’s television coverage. Yesterday, The Star’s sports page featured stories on the competing bids for the longest-running television sports product on the market.

From its original television contract which cost approximately P5 million back in the late ‘70’s to early ‘80’s, the PBA spiraled upward, hitting an all-time ratings high in 1989.

But gradually it started to descend over the next three years, until it hit a single digit in 1992. From then on, the league was hard-pressed to recover, until eventually, a new generation of players, the re-emergence of the UAAP and NCAA, and their loyal followers, gave the league an added boost. About a decade ago, the PBA’s TV contract hit nine figures.

What does it take to do the PBA? Times have indeed changed, but the basics stay the same.

Airtime. It is the single most prohibited commodity the PBA needs. Unlike entertainment or news programming, which can adjust to fit into half-hour- or hour-long installments, a live sports event is organic, practically a living thing that has a lifespan of its own. A network that covers the PBA would be risking the regularity of its programming, and praying every game day that no overtime takes place, so they don’t sacrifice the news and succeeding programs.

The games won’t fit exactly into four or five hours. And we are talking about over 100 playing days a year. Independent producers have always had to hurdle this obstacle first, often at great drain to their resources.

Production cost. Only a big network could really afford the cost of equipment. At minimum, a live basketball game requires massive resources. A minimum of five cameras hooked up to an outside broadcast (OB) van, and at least two microwave transmitters (to bounce the signal around any man-made obstacles like buildings), full-time engineering personnel, and so on.

Provincial reach. The PBA has been spreading its wings and expanding its market farther and farther away from saturated Metro Manila, to the provinces where they don’t get the chance to watch games in person or meet players up close.

Aside from the aforementioned costs, the travel and other logistical requirements are another formidable challenge.

So much so that, if you haven’t done it before, it could be a big blow to network credibility if it isn’t done well. So far, it has been even more rare for a network to broadcast successive games from two live points outside of Metro Manila, as the Metropolitan Basketball Association often did through ABS-CBN.

Cross-promotions. The advantage of working with a network (as opposed to an independent producer) is that it has many resources at its disposal to pump up the games. At the end of the day, the games and the players are the product, and the more they are seen on more outlets, the greater the awareness. Of course, there is the danger of overdoing but that’s the risk you take.

News value. Being on a network allows you the privilege of being unit news programs. Unfortunately, some networks ban competitive artists and shows, and the PBA has been a victim of these unspoken laws. A network will guarantee you at least some news coverage.

Other media. Networks no longer just have TV stations. There’s radio, print, magazines and online outlets. You are known all over the globe. The market is shrinking locally, but expanding globally.

These are some things it takes to bring the PBA to a bigger audience, and keep the ratings rising.

stat
04-13-2008, 10:41 AM
kelan ba sasabihin ng pba kung sino new media partner nila

james_ty
04-13-2008, 04:10 PM
Probably during their next board meeting.

amdgc82
04-14-2008, 06:30 AM
ABS-CBN appears to have edge in PBA bidding war (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04142008/sports02.html)
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
www.businessmirror.com.ph
*
IT looks like television giant ABS-CBN has the pole for the right to become the television coveror of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) next season.

The BusinessMirror learned that the Lopez firm earned the upper hand in the bidding war, mainly because of its “global reach” through The Filipino Channel (TFC) network abroad.

Solar Sports has also offered its bid which covers three years, much less than the seven years which ABS-CBN has offered to the pro league. The PBA’s current coveror, ABC 5, has not joined the bid anymore.

Solar Sports, the local carrier of National Basketball Association (NBA) games on cable television, could not provide what ABS-CBN has offered in terms of reach, according to the source.

GMA 7, the rival network of ABS-CBN, reportedly was also in the mix but yielded just the same because it could not match its rival network’s international reach with its Pinoy TV. GMA 7, however, stressed it never offered a bid for the local coverage of the PBA.

ABS-CBN has also offered to air PBA games live every Sunday on its flag-carrier Channel 2. Studio 23, based on the ABS-CBN proposal, will telecast the games.

But ABS-CBN is also expected to make adjustments in its coverage of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and University Athletic Association of the Philippines, whose play dates run into the Friday and Sunday games of the PBA.

The PBA is planning to revert to a three-conference format next season. The current season will end this July. The Rookie Draft is set August.

The proposals of Solar Sports and ABS-CBN are already being reviewed by the members of the PBA board, who are expected to make a decision next month or at the latest in June.

ABC 5’s contract with the league will expire in July. It started covering PBA games in 2004 with Noli Eala as commissioner.

james_ty
04-14-2008, 10:42 AM
With this development, it looks like we may see Sev Sarmenta cover the PBA again. It's nice to see that my sportscasting idol returns to the league that launched his broadcasting career.

The_Big_Cat
04-14-2008, 11:28 AM
With this development, it looks like we may see Sev Sarmenta cover the PBA again. It's nice to see that my sportscasting idol returns to the league that launched his broadcasting career.


You can also add TJ Manotoc (Mornings @ ANC). Bil Velasco, Boyet Sison and Jinno Rufino (HARDBALL).

erichubert
04-14-2008, 11:49 AM
I hope though that Quinito would also be taken in, although there might be a chance he won't because I think he is more associated with the Solar group. PBA without Quinito just doesn't seem right.

The_Big_Cat
04-14-2008, 11:59 AM
I hope though that Quinito would also be taken in, although there might be a chance he won't because I think he is more associated with the Solar group. PBA without Quinito just doesn't seem right.


Quinito Henson is a freelance journalist. He has a column with The Philippine Star, which is a print partner of ABS-CBN.

james_ty
04-14-2008, 01:46 PM
With this development, it looks like we may see Sev Sarmenta cover the PBA again. It's nice to see that my sportscasting idol returns to the league that launched his broadcasting career.


You can also add TJ Manotoc (Mornings @ ANC). Bil Velasco, Boyet Sison and Jinno Rufino (HARDBALL).


Boyet Sison is the PBA coliseum barker during the Sunday games.

james_ty
04-14-2008, 01:49 PM
I hope though that Quinito would also be taken in, although there might be a chance he won't because I think he is more associated with the Solar group. PBA without Quinito just doesn't seem right.


Quinito Henson is a freelance journalist. He has a column with The Philippine Star, which is a print partner of ABS-CBN.


In addition, Quinito has done some boxing bouts for ABS-CBN, the one in Cebu where he teamed up with Ed Picson -- another ABC guy.

As for TJ Manotoc, he covered the PBA for one conference as an ABC analyst.

Bill Velasco covered some games for Vintage and was even the PBA coverage's executive producer.

The_Big_Cat
04-14-2008, 02:19 PM
I am glad that ABS-CBN is studying the option of putting the PBA Sunday games on its channel2. Sunday is a restday and a family day. I am guessing they may put "The Buzz" before the PBA Games and move "Rated K" after the PBA Games, this will be a formidable programming lineup.

james_ty
04-14-2008, 02:37 PM
Expect a lot of ABS-CBN stars to perform at the PBA Games.

Here is a list of Kapamilya stars who have been PBA muses:

Angel Locsin -- Coca-Cola (2004)
Anne Curtis -- Talk N' Text (2004)
Angelica Panganiban -- Barangay Ginebra (2006)
Valerie Concepcion -- Magnolia-SMB (2006)
Iya Villania -- Alaska (2004)
Ara Mina -- Tanduay (1999), Selecta-RP (2002)
Rica Peralejo -- Barangay Ginebra (2002)
Kim Chiu -- Purefoods (2007)
Phoemela Barranda -- San Miguel Beer (1997), Shell (2001), Alaska (2007)
Nikki Gil -- Coca-Cola (2006)
Jeni Hernandez -- Magnolia-SMB (2006)

The_Big_Cat
04-14-2008, 02:49 PM
Expect a lot of ABS-CBN stars to perform at the PBA Games.

Here is a list of Kapamilya stars who have been PBA muses:

Angel Locsin -- Coca-Cola (2004)
Anne Curtis -- Talk N' Text (2004)
Angelica Panganiban -- Barangay Ginebra (2006)
Valerie Concepcion -- Magnolia-SMB (2006)
Iya Villania -- Alaska (2004)
Ara Mina -- Tanduay (1999), Selecta-RP (2002)
Rica Peralejo -- Barangay Ginebra (2002)
Kim Chiu -- Purefoods (2007)
Phoemela Barranda -- San Miguel Beer (1997), Shell (2001), Alaska (2007)
Nikki Gil -- Coca-Cola (2006)
Jeni Hernandez -- Magnolia-SMB (2006)


Grabe ka james_ty pagdating sa "chicks". Ang galing mo. ;D

james_ty
04-14-2008, 02:52 PM
If I may add, KoolChx member Gemma Fitzgerald, who is an ABS-CBN talent, is dating Talk N' Text's Jimmy Alapag right now.

coreytaylor
04-14-2008, 03:03 PM
If I may add, KoolChx member Gemma Fitzgerald, who is an ABS-CBN talent, is dating Talk N' Text's Jimmy Alapag right now.


jimmy alapag is married. or is he divorced with i forgot the name.

james_ty
04-14-2008, 03:20 PM
If I may add, KoolChx member Gemma Fitzgerald, who is an ABS-CBN talent, is dating Talk N' Text's Jimmy Alapag right now.


jimmy alapag is married. or is he divorced with i forgot the name.



Hiwalay na sila ni LJ Moreno. LJ is planning to come back to showbiz. She confirmed the breakup when she was a guest on Showbiz Central recently.

james_ty
04-14-2008, 03:35 PM
Expect a lot of ABS-CBN stars to perform at the PBA Games.

Here is a list of Kapamilya stars who have been PBA muses:

Angel Locsin -- Coca-Cola (2004)
Anne Curtis -- Talk N' Text (2004)
Angelica Panganiban -- Barangay Ginebra (2006)
Valerie Concepcion -- Magnolia-SMB (2006)
Iya Villania -- Alaska (2004)
Ara Mina -- Tanduay (1999), Selecta-RP (2002)
Rica Peralejo -- Barangay Ginebra (2002)
Kim Chiu -- Purefoods (2007)
Phoemela Barranda -- San Miguel Beer (1997), Shell (2001), Alaska (2007)
Nikki Gil -- Coca-Cola (2006)
Jeni Hernandez -- Magnolia-SMB (2006)


I forgot one more -- Kristine Hermosa, Talk N' Text (2006).

coreytaylor
04-14-2008, 04:55 PM
If I may add, KoolChx member Gemma Fitzgerald, who is an ABS-CBN talent, is dating Talk N' Text's Jimmy Alapag right now.


jimmy alapag is married. or is he divorced with i forgot the name.



Hiwalay na sila ni LJ Moreno. LJ is planning to come back to showbiz. She confirmed the breakup when she was a guest on Showbiz Central recently.


too bad

joelex
04-15-2008, 01:54 AM
totoo ba na si solomon mercado of harbour centre ang pinalit ni LJ for Jimmy?

reforms
04-15-2008, 05:06 AM
^hehe. naging showbiz tayo ah.

hilig ni LJ sa mga basketbolista ah. naging sila din ni rob wainwright diba?

back to the topic: tama, sunday sa channel 2. movies lang naman pinapalabas nila sa gabi ng linggo e.

The_Big_Cat
04-15-2008, 11:08 AM
totoo ba na si solomon mercado of harbour centre ang pinalit ni LJ for Jimmy?


Grabe naman! Haring Solomon takes the place of the Mighty Mouse!
Maybe, the mouse ain't Mighty after all? ;D

james_ty
04-15-2008, 01:35 PM
totoo ba na si solomon mercado of harbour centre ang pinalit ni LJ for Jimmy?


Grabe naman! Haring Solomon takes the place of the Mighty Mouse!
Maybe, the mouse ain't Mighty after all? ;D


Sol Mercado is dating Jasmine Fitzgerald, the sister of Gemma.
She is one of the girls flashing the letters on Wheel of Fortune.

james_ty
04-15-2008, 01:36 PM
^hehe. naging showbiz tayo ah.

hilig ni LJ sa mga basketbolista ah. naging sila din ni rob wainwright diba?

back to the topic: tama, sunday sa channel 2. movies lang naman pinapalabas nila sa gabi ng linggo e.


Yes.

james_ty
04-15-2008, 01:51 PM
Going back to the topic ....

Here's a look at the PBA TV broadcasters through the years:

1975-1977 --- RPN-9

1978-1981 --- MBS/GTV-4 (Production Specialists, Inc., owned by former Rep. Romeo Jalosjos)
Dick Ildefonso and Emy Arcilla were the sportscasters. Zal Marte and the late Lauro "Bay" Mumar were the analysts.

1982-1999 --- Vintage Sports (City 2, MBS-PTV-4, IBC-13)
This was the PBA telecast at its best. Joe Cantada, Pinggoy Pengson, Andy Jao, Steve Kattan and the late Romy Kintanar were the pioneer broadcasters. In succeeding seasons, names like Ed Picson, Quinito Henson, Sev Sarmenta, Bill Velasco, Butch Maniego and Chino Trinidad added color to the telecast. It should be noted that Trinidad was one of the first sportscasters to use Taglish. Ex-PBA Commissioner Noli Eala also earned his sportscasting spurs during the Vintage years.

2000-2002 ---- Viva Sports (IBC-13)
Huge financial losses forced Vintage to sell its shares to Viva TV. Under Vic del Rosario, ratings fell to their all-time lows. Viva TV shows and movies were frequently shown during PBA commercial breaks and stars from the Viva stable like Maui Taylor performed at halftime to promote their movies. Many PBA talents and production people weren't paid their salaries on time.

2003 --- NBN-IBC (Parallel Broadcast)
This was where the PBA's TV problems worsened. Although Sev Sarmenta returned to the pro league, he left at the end of the season. Young sportscasters like Vitto Lazatin and Boom Gonzales were tapped to cover the games. Huge financial debts forced the league to cut short its contract with the two sequestered stations.

2004-2008 --- ABC-5

The_Big_Cat
04-15-2008, 02:14 PM
Going back to the topic ....

2003 --- NBN-IBC (Parallel Broadcast)
This was where the PBA's TV problems worsened. Although Sev Sarmenta returned to the pro league, he left at the end of the season. Young sportscasters like Vitto Lazatin and Boom Gonzales were tapped to cover the games. Huge financial debts forced the league to cut short its contract with the two sequestered stations.

Ito yung period na may parallel broadcast. They patterned it after what ABS-CBN did for the MBA. They even had an advertisement carrying the logo "The Two Towers" referring to NBN and IBC. And coincided with the worldwide opening of the movie, "Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers.

Ito yata ang pinaka baduy na broadcast. If i am not mistaken they even hired movie director Fritz Infante to direct the broadcast at kinuha pa nila as commentators yung mga radio discjockeys. Na wala naman mga basketball IQ. That was really horrible! :(

james_ty
04-15-2008, 02:22 PM
At least, nandoon pa rin sina Boom at Vitto. They're still sportscasting today.

amdgc82
04-24-2008, 06:14 AM
Makisig joins the fray (http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/04242008/sports03.html)
By Dennis Principe
Correspondent
www.businessmirror.com.ph

ADD Makisig Network to the list of contenders vying to become the next television coveror of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The BusinessMirror learned that the cable channel, known for its extensive coverage of the local racing industry, sent a letter of intent to the office of the PBA Wednesday.

Makisig Network is owned by businessman-sportsman Hermie Esguerra, chairman and CEO of the Herma Group, a conglomerate of several shipping and environmental businesses.

Esguerra, owner of champion horses Windblown and Real Spicy, established his network primarily to position horseracing as an entertainment sport, not as a form of gambling.

Makisig Network and IBC-13 have an existing deal that gives Esguerra’s network a privilege in filling up the local station’s prime-time slots.* The PBA has reportedly set a self-imposed deadline to name its next TV coveror on May 31.

In another development, ABS-CBN denied reports it is actively pursuing to get the TV rights of the PBA.

All ABS-CBN’s vice president for sports Peter Musngi confirmed was that their network is in the midst of finalizing a deal with the league when in comes to its international feed.

The network carries the international broadcast of the PBA through its TFC channel, which beams other Philippine shows in the United States and the Middle East.

“There are communications but it’s neither here nor there. Our thrust, really, is the international TV rights. We do not want to be in a bidding war. If there’s a bidding, we will not participate,” said Musngi in a telephone interview.

Initially, ABS-CBN and Solar Sports are the only networks reportedly vying to get the television rights of the league after current coveror ABC-5 formally announced weeks ago it will not pursue a renewal of their existing pact with the PBA.

ABC-5, owned by businessman Tonyboy Cojuangco, will cover the PBA only until the end of the season.

But another source said ABS-CBN, owned by the influential Lopez family, made an official presentation with the PBA Board that involves the main TV coverage of the league.

“As far as the PBA is concerned, they have two proposals from two different networks, namely, ABS-CBN and Solar Sports,” revealed the source. “I guess they [ABS-CBN] do not want to be pitted against Solar Sports for obvious reasons because they are insisting on one-on-one talks with the PBA.”

Solar Sports, whose bitter rivalry with ABS-CBN started when both made aggressive bids to cover the fights of Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao, will reportedly tap RPN-9 as its carrying station should it get the nod.

ABS-CBN, on the other hand, apparently offered its VHF channel Studio 23 as the carrying station should they get the TV rights.

“The contact [between PBA and ABS-CBN] happened because of the international TV rights. We are just informally talking about the local coverage,” added Musngi.

Recently former PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas, representing Talk ’N Text in the Board of Governors, wants the next coveror to improve on the coverage of Asia’s first pay-for-play-league.

“The question I asked [the board] is why the UAAP coverage and their graphics are so much better than the PBA? Why?” said Vargas, referring to the country’s premier collegiate league aired over Studio 23.

gameface_one
04-24-2008, 08:21 AM
In Huddle
Third bidder


By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:01:00 04/24/2008


MANILA, Philippines—My timing was perfect, said Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Sonny Barrios, when I capped our short phone chat Wednesday with one final question:

“Are there only two bidders left for the league’s television franchise?” I asked, referring to ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. and Solar Sports Entertainment. Current coverer ABC-5 had begged off, explaining that there had been a redirection of the network’s programming.

Sonny said that only an hour before my call, a third prospect had come into the picture.

The letter, hand-carried by a messenger, is still sitting on his desk warm.

“How uncanny that you should ask,” he said.

And who is the third bidder?

Sonny said it was the Makisig Network owned by businessman Hermie Esguerra, and if ever it gets the PBA coverage, the games will be aired over Channel 13 and Skycable’s Channel 76.

***

Actually, I had called Sonny Wednesday because I bumped into him at Gourdo’s Resto at the Fort where he was meeting with Solar’s marketing men Nitoy Nocos and Jude Turcuato.

Sonny said both Solar and ABS-CBN have done their presentation to the PBA board, but a decision has not been made.

He was also meeting with ABS-CBN’s marketing people next week when he returns from the PBA All-Star week which will be staged in Bacolod, Sonny informed me.

“The board has imposed its own deadline,” he said. ” They agreed to come out with a choice on or before May 31.”

***

A veteran scribe who used to be editor of this page called Wednesday to react to a recent Huddle column on volleyball, a sport he loved to cover when he was still a young scribe.

The former editor, who requested anonymity, said that while it was good that there are developmental leagues like the Shakey’s V-League and “burgeoning summer volleyball camps for boys and girls,” when will this strong interest translate into stronger national teams?

“Philippine volleyball is not beach volleyball,” he pointed out, “Despite the attractiveness of Heidi Ilustre and Diane Pascua, the indoor game is the core of the sport and with the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) deciding not to send a team to the 2007 SEA Games, it is not sending the right message to its supporters.”

In the l970’s, the veteran scribe said the old PAVA (Philippine Amateur Volleyball Association) fought for national teams to be sent to international meets even if these were not expected to win.

“By not sending a national team to international competitions, what will our players strive for?”

“The excuse given by an official of the PVF was that it was very expensive to send a men’s and women’s team to the 2007 Southeast Asian Games (in Thailand).”

***

From 1977 to 198l, then in 1985 to 1987, the scribe said our women’s team was the strongest in Southeast Asia. The last time we won was in l993 in Singapore with our team backstopped by some veterans of the l980s team.

“It’s true that we have fallen into a funk, but there have been encouraging signs of recovery in the past few years,” he said. “Let’s hope that the Shakey’s V-League continues to soldier on in order to help the federation come up with a good team for the 2009 Southeast Asian Games.”

That is, if the PVF decides to participate in the next SEA Games which will be held in Laos.

From what I heard, the federation has hired a national coach who has been imported from Korea. The only thing to do now is to form a national team. Or two national teams.

Perhaps Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, who used to be a national player and who now sits on the PVF board as chair, could spearhead the move.

james_ty
04-24-2008, 11:32 AM
In my opinion, Makisig TV will have a hard time getting the PBA bid.

IBC, like RPN, is also a sequestered network and it has plenty of debts to the PBA.

I'll stick with ABS-CBN. It's the only station that can put the PBA back on its feet.

Dark Knight
04-24-2008, 04:20 PM
Going back to the topic ....

Here's a look at the PBA TV broadcasters through the years:

1975-1977 --- RPN-9




Buhay na ako nito. :D

james_ty
04-28-2008, 11:26 AM
ABC-5 suffered from technical problems in its coverage of the PBA All-Star Game last night. The game was cut off midway through the third quarter due to technical problems caused by bad weather in Bacolod. When the telecast resumed, the last few seconds of overtime were shown, followed by the third and fourth quarters of regulation play.

This shows how inept ABC is in its telecast of the PBA. This station needs a total overhaul. Its programming is bad and no advertisers want to support it.

I hope the PBA board of governors decides on the new broadcaster quickly para magiging mahaba ang paghahanda ng bagong broadcaster sa pagsasahimpapawid ng mga laro.

The_Big_Cat
04-28-2008, 02:23 PM
ABC-5 suffered from technical problems in its coverage of the PBA All-Star Game last night. The game was cut off midway through the third quarter due to technical problems caused by bad weather in Bacolod. When the telecast resumed, the last few seconds of overtime were shown, followed by the third and fourth quarters of regulation play.

This shows how inept ABC is in its telecast of the PBA. This station needs a total overhaul. Its programming is bad and no advertisers want to support it.

I hope the PBA board of governors decides on the new broadcaster quickly para magiging mahaba ang paghahanda ng bagong broadcaster sa pagsasahimpapawid ng mga laro.

I guess this sums it all the woes of ABC-5.

amdgc82
05-01-2008, 07:56 AM
In Huddle
Identical PBA bids by Solar, ABS-CBN (http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080501-133818/Identical-PBA-bids-by-Solar-ABS-CBN)
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:06:00 05/01/2008

MANILA, Philippines—One of the main topics during the long table discussion between the PBA board of governors and the media on the eve of the PBA All-Star game was the television franchise.

For one, the press wanted to know the status of the bidders—Solar, ABS-CBN and the last to submit a letter of intent, Makisig Network owned by businessman-sportsman Hermie Esguerra.

Of course the media also asked for figures, but the closest governors Ricky Vargas and Robert Non could divulge was that the amounts submitted by both Solar and ABS-CBN were almost the same.

At this point, Ricky said there are other major considerations in the league’s choice of a coveror other than finances.

Later I found out that Solar and ABS-CBN had submitted identical bids of P160 million for the first year, P168 million for the second year and P170 million for the third year.

The final season (2007-2008) of ABC-5’s contract with the PBA only netted the league P70 million.

* * *

The board was divided on the matter of the Makisig bid. While some governors felt that it was too late for the new network to join the bidding race, others believed that all interested parties should be given an equal opportunity to present their programs. After all May 31, the deadline imposed by the board on itself for choosing the television coveror, is still a month away.

The board will have to reach a consensus on this.

If there are questions on the seriousness of their intent, Makisig’s Esguerra said they could make a presentation in one week or even three days.

“I assure them we’re no nuisance bidder,” he said.

The_Big_Cat
05-01-2008, 10:00 AM
Get rid of the Makisig bid for the TV coverage. It doesn't go well for the PBA to go to a "horse-racing" channel.

james_ty
05-01-2008, 10:59 AM
Get rid of the Makisig bid for the TV coverage. It doesn't go well for the PBA to go to a "horse-racing" channel.


Not only that, Makisig's TV partner, IBC-13, still owes the PBA millions of pesos in unpaid debts.

The_Big_Cat
05-01-2008, 03:26 PM
Get rid of the Makisig bid for the TV coverage. It doesn't go well for the PBA to go to a "horse-racing" channel.


Not only that, Makisig's TV partner, IBC-13, still owes the PBA millions of pesos in unpaid debts.

Baka nga idaan na lang sa sugal sa "karera ng mga kabayo" ang utang ng IBC. ;D

erichubert
05-02-2008, 11:39 AM
It seems a little fishy that two coverors would have the same bid. I mean exactly the same bid with the same amounts and same number of years. Somebody leaked something to the other side.

Makisig is just there to be the spoiler, sort of a third option, like a Ralph Nader in the US Elections, the chances of them getting the rights are slim to none. But it would be fun to hear what they have to offer, they might have some surprises up their sleeves.

The_Big_Cat
05-02-2008, 11:43 AM
If there is a nuissance candidate like Ely Pamatong,

then, there is also a nuissance bidder in Makisig Network. ;D ;D :D

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 06:55 AM
Nielsen to present findings (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports3_may5_2008)
Monday, May 5, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

NIELSEN Media Research will present its findings to the Philippine Basketball Association board of governors tomorrow, based on parameters set by the league regarding the two organizations vying for its television rights.

The board earlier pruned down the candidates to the giant broadcast network ABS-CBN and Solar Sports, whose branding as a sports entity has been established, although the growing involvement of ABS-CBN Sports in the past several months with big-time boxing events, has shown the network means business.

While there has been speculation about the cash component of the respective bids, some of the more influential board members, including former chairman Ricky Vargas have indicated that money was not the deciding factor in evaluating the respective bids of ABS-CBN and Solar Sports, which indicated it would telecast the games on the government-sequestered RPN Channel 9.

Since ABS-CBN’s proposal indicated the games would be telecast on Studio 23, home of both the highly successful University Athletic Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletic Association coverage, the PBA board wanted Nielsen to provide its inputs that would help the league in choosing a broadcast partner.

PBA chairman Tony Chua and commissioner Sonny Barrios were among those who met with the Nielsen representatives prior to the All Star Weekend in Bacolod City to discuss the league’s requirements in a study on reach, demographics and ratings of the two groups vying for the TV rights. Ronnie Nathanielsz

Dark Knight
05-06-2008, 08:45 AM
I cant still imagine how ABS will squeeze in the PBA broadcast in conflict with the UAAP and NCAA, should the LOpez owned media company wins the broadcast rights.

jeffjan
05-06-2008, 09:32 AM
UAAP/NCAA - 2 pm - 6 pm - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

PBA - 5 pm - 10 pm Wednesday, Friday; 4 pm - 9 pm Sunday

2nd game ng UAAP/NCAA at 1st game ng PBA ang may conflict

The_Big_Cat
05-06-2008, 10:31 AM
The UAAP may have to take away its Sunday sked to give way to the PBA. Or put the PBA Sunday Games on Channel 2 instead of Studio23. Or adjust UAAP Sunday games to 12pm to 4pm.

The PBA also has provincial games twice a month saturday afternoon (4pm) again tatamaan ang UAAP.

The NCAA has a 2pm to 6pm double-header on Wednesday and Friday. Siguradong tatamaan ang PBA sked.
I think the best way to alleviate this is to adjust the NCAA sked on Wednesday and Friday to 12pm to 4pm.

erichubert
05-06-2008, 11:44 AM
I think if ever may conflict man, it would just be for the month of October when the finals of the UAAP and NCAA start and when the PBA season begins, so it is not really a big conflict. Madaling ayusin ang schedule. Sa July, August and September naman, off-season na ng PBA eh.

james_ty
05-06-2008, 01:09 PM
I think if ever may conflict man, it would just be for the month of October when the finals of the UAAP and NCAA start and when the PBA season begins, so it is not really a big conflict. Madaling ayusin ang schedule. Sa July, August and September naman, off-season na ng PBA eh.


The NCAA starts its season in June and the finals is in September kaya walang conflict ang mangyayari sa PBA.

UAAP finals ang magkakaroon ng conflict since October usually ginagawa ang finals. The UAAP board should break ties through quotient system and not playoff games. Dapat Final Four at Finals lang ang may game.

In the PBL, ties are broken through quotient and I think the UAAP should also do that para matapos ang season nang maaga to make way for the PBA.

The_Big_Cat
05-06-2008, 01:16 PM
^Yes probably. The 2007 Finals was on the final week of September and the NCAA was playing without suspended PCU. If PCU was to play this season aabot talaga ng October ang NCAA.

james_ty
05-06-2008, 01:18 PM
^Yes probably. The 2007 Finals was on the final week of September and the NCAA was playing without suspended PCU. If PCU was to play this season aabot talaga ng October ang NCAA.


The_Big_Cat, PCU will again be suspended this year because of more eligibility violations. That means we will just have seven schools for the NCAA. Maaga na namang matatapos ang season.

PCU will be reinstated next year as a probationary member. If PCU commits another eligibility violation, the Dolphins will be expelled from the NCAA.

The_Big_Cat
05-06-2008, 01:24 PM
That means we will just have seven schools for the NCAA. Maaga na namang matatapos ang season.

PCU will be reinstated next year as a probationary member. If PCU commits another eligibility violation, the Dolphins will be expelled from the NCAA.

Not if the NCAA accepts a new member into its fold. It still remains to be seen until the NCAA announces it formally.

Going back to the conflict of schedules, I don't think the NCAA or UAAP will be willing to adjust their skeds because they have a contract. I think the PBA will have to adjust their skeds if indeed ABS-CBN wins the bid.

erichubert
05-06-2008, 01:44 PM
Again, if ever they would adjust the schedules, I don't think it would be drastic, the PBA could probably push back the opening of their season by a week or two so as not to conflict with the collegiate leagues. Now if they would return to the 3 conference format, then there might be a bigger problem.

james_ty
05-06-2008, 02:30 PM
That means we will just have seven schools for the NCAA. Maaga na namang matatapos ang season.

PCU will be reinstated next year as a probationary member. If PCU commits another eligibility violation, the Dolphins will be expelled from the NCAA.

Not if the NCAA accepts a new member into its fold. It still remains to be seen until the NCAA announces it formally.

Going back to the conflict of schedules, I don't think the NCAA or UAAP will be willing to adjust their skeds because they have a contract. I think the PBA will have to adjust their skeds if indeed ABS-CBN wins the bid.


I don't think the NCAA will accept a new member this year. It's a long and tedious process. So for this year, seven schools pa rin kasi suspendido nga ang PCU.

To prove it, the Dolphins aren't participating in the summer college leagues now.

amdgc82
05-06-2008, 09:16 PM
Chua wants board to decide early (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports2_may6_2008)
www.manilastandardtoday.com

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association chairman Tony Chua doesn’t want the pro league board to procrastinate over the television coverage rights beginning in the new 2008-2009 season, saying he would push the board to come out with a decision due to time constraints.

Chua said Nielsen Media Research, which did a study on the comparative reach, demographics and audience share of broadcast network ABS-CBN and Solar Sports, will make a presentation of their inputs at the 10 a.m. board meeting.

“Members would be able to question, seek clarification after which the commissioner [Sonny Barrios] will come out with a comparison between ABS-CBN and Solar,” Chua said. He revealed that the Nielsen Media report was received by the PBA only yesterday.

Former PBA chairman Ricky Vargas said he would not be able to attend the board meeting, but would send his Talk N Text alternate governor Mon Fernandez.

But Vargas made it clear in a conversation with Viva Sports/Standard Today that he would make an objective business decision.

“After reviewing everything, there is no other way to go than with ABS-CBN,” said Vargas, a reiteration of his previously announced position.

Vargas made it clear that money should not be the deciding factor even as Chua disclosed that the financial aspects of both ABS-CBN and Solar Sports were “almost the same.”

Meanwhile, Talk N Text’s Mark Cardona was adjudged as the Smart Accel-Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps’ Player of the Week in the expanded period April 22-May 4. Ronnie Nathanielsz

amdgc82
05-09-2008, 12:50 PM
TV rights resolved soon (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports2_may9_2008)
www.manilastandardtoday.com

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association chairman Tony Chua said the board of governors will reconvene on May 19 to hopefully make a choice on which network to award the league’s television franchise between ABS-CBN and Solar Sports.

Chua told Viva Sports/Standard Today that the Nielsen Media Research report showed that the two competing stations, Studio 23 of ABS-CBN and the government-sequestered network RPN-9 with whom Solar Sports has a huge block-time arrangement, “were almost balanced, but on the marketing and cross promotions ABS-CBN was definitely ahead.”

Chua revealed that what needed to be discussed among the board members was the duration of the contract, which will begin with the new 2008-2009 season.

He said ABS-CBN was pitching for a seven-year contract, divided into a first contract of four years, followed by a subsequent option for another three years with a different configuration in terms of the financial arrangements.

The PBA chairman said while no deadline for a decision was set, he expected that “something will happen on May 19.”

“There were different opinions from members on the business side where a lot of ideas came in which we understand and have to respect,” said Chua, who also admitted that on the marketing and awareness side that “everybody saw that there was no doubt ABS-CBN was really very good and there was nothing to question.” Ronnie Nathanielsz

amdgc82
05-10-2008, 07:36 AM
The PBA at the crossroads
(Continuation) (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports5_may10_2008)
www.manilastandardtoday.com

WHILE Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Sonny Barrios gave Makisig the courtesy of receiving a Letter of Intent after the doors were virtually closed to any further interests, the network won’t be considered since the board had already commissioned Nielsen Media Research to make a study and provide the board with a comparative analysis of TV outfits ABS-CBN and Solar Sports.

The findings clearly strengthen the hand of those in the board, who believe a partnership with ABS-CBN would clearly be a boost to the pro league at the crossroads of its existence and that the choice, as one team owner as well as two prominent governors put it, was “a no-brainer.”

Nielsen Media reportedly gave RPN-9, the government-sequestered channel with which Solar Sports has a current contract, an edge in Mega Manila over Studio 23, but in all except one of the regional areas, which the PBA wanted surveyed, Studio 23 came out ahead.

In addition, on the question of cross-promotions, marketing and technical capability, PBA chairman Tony Chua said the answer was obvious and ABS-CBN was way ahead.

This does not factor in the real possibility that if the PBA board is willing to think out of the box and break away from the old stereotyped mindset and play a game on Sunday morning—ABS-CBN will telecast the game live on its pre-eminent Channel 2, in addition to telecasting the Saturday out-of-town games live on Studio 23 with a replay at 10:30 p.m. on Channel 2.

Any individual, who has even a cursory appreciation of the realities of Philippine television, should realize that one game on Channel 2 would far out-rate anything—except a Manny Pacquiao fight—on RPN-9.

There was also some concern about dealing with government owned or effectively controlled networks since the PBA’s previous dealings with government TV channels were mired in problems.

ABS-CBN apparently has a lock on the international television rights following years of a successful partnership with the league through The Filipino Channel, which has kept the league alive in the hearts and minds of millions of Filipinos abroad, particularly the overseas workers who previously bought off-the-air game tapes pirated and sold by enterprising individuals or sent to them by their families.

This enabled the network to open discussions on the Philippine rights which would seem logical since carrying the international feed of a rival network would border on treason, considering the current state of network battles.

ABS-CBN has proposed airing the PBA on Studio 23, which was programmed for a young audience but is now gradually being projected as a sports station. If the latest ratings of Studio 23 in the Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins Ring Magazine world light heavyweight championship bout was any indication, then the UHF Channel is fitting nicely into the mix. Although the fight itself was not one that fight fans would drool over, it still turned in a rating of over 8.0 percent, which proved its potential.

The idea of telecasting a Sunday morning game on Channel 2 would mean that the added value gained by TV ratings should more than compensate for what may be a drop in attendance, initially. But with the integrated cross-promotional capabilities of the Lopez Group and the incredible lineup of stars available, the attractions at courtside would be worth watching especially for young fans.

The recent “Invasion” fight card with World Boxing Organization champion Gerry Peñalosa headlining the main event against mandatory challenger Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand, turned in amazing figures of some 32 percent, while the audience shares in Visayas was a phenomenal 82 percent while Mindanao had a rating of 46.7 percent and an audience share of 86 percent!
To be continued
Ronnie Nathanielsz

james_ty
05-11-2008, 01:35 PM
The PBA at the crossroads
(Continuation) (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports5_may10_2008)
www.manilastandardtoday.com

WHILE Philippine Basketball Association commissioner Sonny Barrios gave Makisig the courtesy of receiving a Letter of Intent after the doors were virtually closed to any further interests, the network won’t be considered since the board had already commissioned Nielsen Media Research to make a study and provide the board with a comparative analysis of TV outfits ABS-CBN and Solar Sports.

The findings clearly strengthen the hand of those in the board, who believe a partnership with ABS-CBN would clearly be a boost to the pro league at the crossroads of its existence and that the choice, as one team owner as well as two prominent governors put it, was “a no-brainer.”

Nielsen Media reportedly gave RPN-9, the government-sequestered channel with which Solar Sports has a current contract, an edge in Mega Manila over Studio 23, but in all except one of the regional areas, which the PBA wanted surveyed, Studio 23 came out ahead.

In addition, on the question of cross-promotions, marketing and technical capability, PBA chairman Tony Chua said the answer was obvious and ABS-CBN was way ahead.

This does not factor in the real possibility that if the PBA board is willing to think out of the box and break away from the old stereotyped mindset and play a game on Sunday morning—ABS-CBN will telecast the game live on its pre-eminent Channel 2, in addition to telecasting the Saturday out-of-town games live on Studio 23 with a replay at 10:30 p.m. on Channel 2.

Any individual, who has even a cursory appreciation of the realities of Philippine television, should realize that one game on Channel 2 would far out-rate anything—except a Manny Pacquiao fight—on RPN-9.

There was also some concern about dealing with government owned or effectively controlled networks since the PBA’s previous dealings with government TV channels were mired in problems.

ABS-CBN apparently has a lock on the international television rights following years of a successful partnership with the league through The Filipino Channel, which has kept the league alive in the hearts and minds of millions of Filipinos abroad, particularly the overseas workers who previously bought off-the-air game tapes pirated and sold by enterprising individuals or sent to them by their families.

This enabled the network to open discussions on the Philippine rights which would seem logical since carrying the international feed of a rival network would border on treason, considering the current state of network battles.

ABS-CBN has proposed airing the PBA on Studio 23, which was programmed for a young audience but is now gradually being projected as a sports station. If the latest ratings of Studio 23 in the Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins Ring Magazine world light heavyweight championship bout was any indication, then the UHF Channel is fitting nicely into the mix. Although the fight itself was not one that fight fans would drool over, it still turned in a rating of over 8.0 percent, which proved its potential.

The idea of telecasting a Sunday morning game on Channel 2 would mean that the added value gained by TV ratings should more than compensate for what may be a drop in attendance, initially. But with the integrated cross-promotional capabilities of the Lopez Group and the incredible lineup of stars available, the attractions at courtside would be worth watching especially for young fans.

The recent “Invasion” fight card with World Boxing Organization champion Gerry Peñalosa headlining the main event against mandatory challenger Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand, turned in amazing figures of some 32 percent, while the audience shares in Visayas was a phenomenal 82 percent while Mindanao had a rating of 46.7 percent and an audience share of 86 percent!
To be continued
Ronnie Nathanielsz


I'm not in favor of a Sunday morning game televised live on ABS-CBN. It's better for the network to air the second Sunday game live at 6:30 pm right after The Buzz.

ABS-CBN should transfer its other Sunday shows like Sharon, Rated K and Goin' Bulilit to new time slots to accommodate the PBA.

Then TV Patrol and Sunday's Best would follow thereafter.

But keep the Wednesday and Friday games aired on Studio 23.

The_Big_Cat
05-12-2008, 07:38 AM
Sunday morning PBA games? Are you kidding me? That boxing match was once in a lifetime happening. kaya people can afford to wake up early in that extra-ordinary day. Bihira lang ang boxing events of the international caliber happening here in the Philippines.

jeffjan
05-12-2008, 09:37 AM
atsaka sinabay lang sa US time (Saturday night boxing) kaya umaga nagboxing sila Gerry at Manny (against Oscar Larios) ng Linggo.

amdgc82
05-12-2008, 12:51 PM
The PBA at the crossroads
Continuation (http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports6_may12_2008)
Monday, May 12, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

It would also be worth remembering that when the late commissioner Jun Bernardino conceived of the idea to play on Christmas Day, there were a whole lot of objections and the number of non-believers many. But when it proved one of the best things the league has done in recent years with a regular full-house on the Dec. 25 games, people began to realize that you won’t know the result until you try it out. This is perhaps the innovative thinking behind a Sunday morning game.

The fact that the “Invasion” fights started at 7:30 a.m. and there were around 2,000 people at that time, which later increased to around 5,000 indicated that sports fans may respond to a Philippine Basketball Association game at that hour provided of course the PBA has the foresight of scheduling games of its more popular ballclubs on the Sunday mornings.

The strength of Channel 2 can be gauged by the fact that when the Third Force fights last Dec. 2, which also featured Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista and AJ “Bazooka” Banal, were telecast on a Sunday morning, the ratings didn’t even reach double digits which clearly demonstrated the inherent audience-drawing power of Channel 2.

Solar Sports has obviously established its equity in sports programming largely anchored on Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao and the National Basketball Association. But when you realize that their proposal is for the PBA games to be telecast on RPN-9, you immediately tend to compare a rundown, government-sequestered network with a privately owned giant broadcast outfit that has carved a place in the consciousness of Filipinos both at home and abroad.

When former PBA chairman Ricky Vargas spoke highly of the ABS-CBN coverage of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines games in terms of the production values and the technical excellence compared to the PBA on ABC-5, he was stating a fact. Being involved in a high-profile communications giant such as PLDT-Smart, Vargas knows whereof he speaks. His views come at a time that the businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan and Solar Sports are in fact talking about a possible partnership in acquiring RPN-9, which tells you something about the qualities of the gentleman.

The choice seems clear. It’s time for the PBA to break away from the past and to think in a more progressive manner, mindful that the primary consideration of the teams is exposure, which would drive their products in the marketplace. Such income would be far bigger in real terms than any fascination of some teams with a few million pesos extra thrown in by Solar Sports. The PBA has a chance to take a giant step forward from years of mediocrity. Only then can we go back to the glory days when Asia Magazine bannered the PBA as “The Big Little League.” It’s time to think big and discard little minds. (To be continued) Ronnie Nathanielsz

james_ty
05-18-2008, 08:52 PM
The PBA board will meet on Tuesday, May 20, to decide the issue once and for all.

Some board members said that they will vote for Solar because if ABS-CBN wins the bid, the network will hold the league hostage.

From what I heard, ABS officials will demand some things that the PBA board may not like.

I will tackle these in a future post.

sonpudong
05-18-2008, 11:42 PM
Hmm...

In my personal opinion, why bother going with a network that tried to KILL the PBA 7-8 years ago by launching its own league (MBA) that robbed it of some its stars for higher salaries (which they could not sustain), sparked the Fil-Am wars, and a host of other things???

With a mind set of the Lopezes to grab everything they want and what their money can buy, I can foresee ABS-CBN later on asking for a seat in the board of Governors...

Solar Sports is going for the PBA so they can have a complete BASKETBALL TV (pro league wise, PBA and NBA) so why not?

There is more than meets the eye...

james_ty
05-19-2008, 11:03 AM
Hmm...

In my personal opinion, why bother going with a network that tried to KILL the PBA 7-8 years ago by launching its own league (MBA) that robbed it of some its stars for higher salaries (which they could not sustain), sparked the Fil-Am wars, and a host of other things???

With a mind set of the Lopezes to grab everything they want and what their money can buy, I can foresee ABS-CBN later on asking for a seat in the board of Governors...

Solar Sports is going for the PBA so they can have a complete BASKETBALL TV (pro league wise, PBA and NBA) so why not?

There is more than meets the eye...


What you mentioned may have a point. To be safe, the PBA board will vote for Solar. If this happens, Solar will have the three top leagues in the country -- the PBA, NBA and PBL.

And this will also boost Solar greatly in the light of the Skycable pullout of the Solar channels.

The_Big_Cat
05-19-2008, 11:11 AM
^Kung ganyan pala na lumalaki ang ulo ng ABS-CBN, mas maganda na lang sa SOLAR-RPN ang coverage ng PBA.

james_ty
05-19-2008, 03:55 PM
The PBA board has just issued a memo this morning. The board meeting on the TV coverage has been moved to Thursday, May 22.

gameface_one
05-22-2008, 09:44 AM
In Huddle
PBA torn between Solar, ABS-CBN


By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 05:01:00 05/22/2008


MANILA, Philippines— The Philippine Basketball Association board meets Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City and the main topic which is expected to be discussed at length is the choice of television coveror, now down to two—ABS-CBN and Solar Sports.

There was a third bidder, Makisig Network owned by businessman/racehorse owner Hermie Esguerra, but the board ruled it was too late in the day for a third party to make a presentation.

According to sources close to Hermie, he wasn’t initially interested in the PBA, until the man he later offered the presidency of his network came along.

Jack Ruby, who said “yes” to Hermie only recently, has a great passion for basketball. Jack used to work as PBA marketing director and knows the terrain so to speak, one of the factors that prompted Hermie to bid for the coverage.

* * *

The other day I asked PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios if there was already a clear indication as to which hands the PBA TV coverage would likely fall into.

Sonny said it was hard to tell even with the board’s self-imposed deadline of May 31 this close.

As Talk ‘N Text governor Ricky Vargas earlier mentioned in Bacolod during the PBA All-Stars, and which Sonny is now reiterating, each bidder has a chink in its armor.

The point raised against Solar is the outfit’s lack of production expertise.

As for ABS-CBN, the network continues to instill fear of total domination in the hearts of the governors.

While Solar has offered a three-year contract to the PBA, ABS-CBN has offered the longest single contract of seven years.

Solar will air the games over RPN-9 and Basketball TV while ABS-CBN will telecast over Studio 23.

* * *

It was the third and last leg of the Hardcourt launch last Tuesday and the event was held at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor, SM North Edsa in Quezon City.

Alaska’s Willie Miller, who arrived later than the other players and had to squeeze in through the crowd, was surprised to find his image on the tarpaulin “vandalized.”

As the 2006-2007 MVP, Willie was on the cover of the PBA annual. But someone had drawn a black circle over his left eye with a pentel pen! Was there someone in the crowd who hated him?

Willie was at a loss.

Then Asi Taulava started laughing.

* * *

Asi was the first PBA cager to arrive at Shakey’s that afternoon.

When I got there, the Coke cager was already busy working on the tarpaulin. I thought he was drawing horns and fangs on Willie’s picture but no, he was focused only on the left eye.

“I’m gonna give Willie a black eye, for whacking us in our last game,” Asi muttered.

When he finished his masterpiece, Willie looked like a cartoon character in the Addams family. Or was it “The Night Before Christmas?”

Asi loves to horse around with Willie. In Bacolod, Willie had to do a routine twice because Asi, who was seated beside one of the props, moved it back and as a result Willie missed the goal.

Willie was a participant in one of the skills contest.

If I remember correctly, Willie went on to win that competition.

gameface_one
05-22-2008, 09:47 AM
PBA to decide on TV rights

Thursday, May 22, 2008
philstar.com


The PBA board of governors convenes today at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City, hoping to finally come up with a decision whom to entrust the league’s TV rights starting next season.

The board is expected to have weighed its options more circumspectly, having gotten reports from AC Nielsen, which the league commissioned to look into the strengths of Studio 23 and RPN-9.

ABS-CBN and Solar Sports are two outfits with offers to take over from ABC-5 as the exclusive coveror of the PBA games. ABS-CBN is offering Studio 23 (with replays at ABS-CBN 2) while Solar Sports is presenting RPN-9 as partner to televise the PBA games.

The PBA has departed from its old bidding process where prospective bidders are given equal time and opportunity to present their respective bids.

ABS-CBN has been given the first crack in this case.

Apparently, the Lopez network offered a four-year package with the option to sign a three-year contract-extension at the end of the initial deal.

Solar Sports, meanwhile, is looking for a straight-up, three-year contract.

Around P160 million is reportedly being offered by both outfits for the 2008-09 season.

Meanwhile, league commissioner Sonny Barrios had a meeting with team captains of the PBA ballclubs Wednesday, discussing the PBA Players Trust Fund.

They’re looking for more fund-raising projects to enhance their bank account which supports scholarship of PBA players’ kids.

Subject to the approval of the PBA board, a college scholar can avail a maximum of P50,000 per school year starting next year. A high school student is eligible for P35,000.

Alvin Patrimonio and Jojo Lastimosa, formerly signatories of the trust fund checks, have been nominated as consultants of the group. Now among the signatories are Olsen Racela and Jeffrey Cariaso.

The PBA generated for the trust fund more or less P2 million in the PBA Ateneo-La Salle exhibition game plus a share of around P800,000 in the recent All-Star festivities in Bacolod. – Nelson Beltran

james_ty
05-22-2008, 03:01 PM
The PBA board has decided to defer its final decision on the new broadcaster. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 27, at 10:30 am.

The_Big_Cat
05-22-2008, 03:17 PM
The PBA board has decided to defer its final decision on the new broadcaster. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 27, at 10:30 am.

They still cannot make up their minds yet.

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 06:25 AM
Choice of TV partner a no-brainer
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Thursday, May 22, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

IF former Philippine Basketball Association chairman Ricky Vargas had his way, the choice of a new TV broadcast rights holder is a no-brainer. But, he conceded, that he was not aware how the other board members felt, although he is certain that Air21’s Lito Alvarez feels the same way.

Both prominent PBA governors indicated their choice was the pre-eminent broadcast network ABS-CBN over the other contender for the television coverage rights—Solar Sports—which indicated it would telecast the games on the government-sequestered channel RPN-9.

In an overseas telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Standard Today from Los Angeles, Vargas said he would not be able to attend the board meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. today, but that Talk N Text would be represented by alternate governor Mon Fernandez, who for clarification is not the former PBA superstar.

“It’s very clear that Talk N Text and Air21 are solidly behind ABS-CBN,” said Vargas.

A research study by the prestigious Nielsen Media Research group, which was commissioned by the PBA last month, showed that in comparative terms, ABS-CBN’s Studio 23, which will telecast the games with the possibility of provincial games on Saturdays being also replayed on Channel 2 and a Sunday morning game aired live on the same channel, was strategically ahead in terms of reach and audience share, nationwide. The giant network was also way ahead in cross-promotions, according to both Vargas and current chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull.

Chua told Viva Sports/Standard Today that PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios would present a report on “the comparative advantages and disadvantages” of ABS-CBN and Solar Sports and that the board would most probably give weight to the commissioner’s report in deciding on which network to grant the coverage rights to.

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 06:27 AM
PBA still undecided on coveror*
By: Zean Macamay*
May 23, 2008 05:21 PM Friday
www.journal.com.ph
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OVERWHELMED by the amount of data it has to evaluate, the PBA Board of Governors yesterday decided to defer announcing the next television coveror of the league.
* *
Commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios said that the Board will come out with a decision when it convenes again on Tuesday.
* *
“The Board wanted more time to evaluate the process,” said Barrios. “The governors wanted to chew on all the data that bombarded them.”
* *
Two outfits --ABS-CBN and Solar Sports -- have made bids to acquire* the* *rights* *to* *air PBA games starting next season. The Lopez-owned network is offering Channel 23 for live games with replays on its main network Channel 2, while Solar Sports presented the government-owned Channel 9 as its partner.
* *
ABC-5, the current coveror of the PBA, had announced months back that it is no longer interested in joining the bidding, saying that it is swaying into another direction.
* *
Reportedly, both ABS-CBN and Solar Sports offered P160 million for the 2008-09 season alone. ABS-CBN proposed a four-year pact with an option to extend the contract for three years after the first season, with Solar Sports presenting a straight-up three-year deal.
* *
While no official word is out on which network is the chosen one, Board Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull said that the governors are closely scrutinizing both bids for the league to acquire the best possible coveror in the next few years.
* *
“There are already some discussions among the board members,” said Chua. “Pero wala pang formal.”
* *
The Board also received an important quantity of facts from AC Nielsen and Mindshare agencies, outfits the PBA commissioned to evaluate the viability of the two networks.
* *
Barrios* refused to bare the information AC Nielsen and Mindshare gave to the governors, but said that the facts the outfits presented were of great help to the Board.
* *
“We wanted informative data from varied perspectives* and Mindshare was able to come up with a study that is complementary to what AC Nielsen presented,” Barrios said.
* *
AC Nielsen was the first agency hired by the PBA to make a case study of the ratings of Channel 23 and RPN-9 in comparison to the* ratings of current coveror ABC-5 and past carriers Channel 4 and 13.* *

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 06:38 AM
Pro league postpones decision on TV rights
BY NOLI CORTEZ
FRIDAY |MAY 23, 2008
www.malaya.com.ph

PRO league television rights bidders Solar Sports and ABS-CBN will have to wait at least five more days for the decision of the PBA Board.

After a lengthy deliberation yesterday, during which the governors were bombarded with facts from AC Nielsen and Mindshare media agency, the board decided to spend more time deliberating on the bids of the two networks, with a final decision expected to be handed down Tuesday next week.

Commissioner Sonny Barrios said the board members were deluged "with a lot of data" from the presentation made yesterday, prompting them to adjourn without a formal decision.

"The board wanted more time to evaluate the process, to chew on all the data that bombarded them," said Barrios, adding a decision could be handed down when the board convenes anew next Tuesday.

Barrios presented the board with his own evaluation of the bids made by the two networks, before representatives of AC Nielsen and Mindshare media agency, commissioned to make studies on the respective bids of ABS-CBN and Solar Sports, took their turns.

"We wanted informative data from varied perspectives and Mindshare was able to come up with a study that is complimentary to what Nielsen presented," Barrios explained.

"There were some discussions among the governors, but there was no formal decision yet," said board chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull.

Nielsen was commissioned to show the ratings of the current bidders relative to each other, as well as those of current TV coveror ABC-5 and past rights holders Channels 4, 9 and 13.

ABS-CBN is reportedly offering Studio 23, with replays at ABS-CBN 2, while Solar Sports is presenting RPN-9 as partner to exclusively televise the games.

The Lopez-owned ABS-CBN network is offering a four-year package with an option to sign a three-year contract-extension at the end of the initial deal while Solar Sports is looking for a straight-up, three-year contract.

Around P160 million is reportedly being offered by both outfits for the 2008-09 season alone.

ABC-5 has backed off from the bidding process.

The board also discussed other topics, among them Barrios’ aim to present clearer guidelines on assessing and judging flagrant fouls.

"Being raised near the end of the meeting, this was not thoroughly discussed. But the Board, in principle, gave me blanket authority to come up with the guidelines," said Barrios.

Barrios is bent on instituting an automatic review of the game tape, to enable referees to classify what fouls were committed.

Already, the PBA is using four cameras to cover all the game situations from virtually all angles and is set to bring in more video recorders for replays.

"I will write it up and the governors are expected to approve it on our next meeting," Barrios said. "Sila rin naman ang may gusto nang ganoon."

The governors appointed immediate past chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk N Text, Chua, newly-designated PLDT governor Manny V. Pangilinan and Barrios as nominees for the professional sector’s representatives to the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Board of trustees.

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 06:50 AM
Still no TV partner for PBA
Friday, May 23, 2008
www.mb.com.ph

The picture remains hazy – at least for now.

Saying they need more time to study their options, members of the PBA Board yesterday decided to defer its decision on who will be the league’s TV partner next season.

"May mga information pa na gusto pag-aralan ng board before coming up with a decision. May mga additional information which I presented to the board na kailangan pag-aralan," PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios said.

The board, chaired by Tony Chua of Red Bull, met yesterday at the league’s office but adjourned at noon without giving a hint as to which network has the inside track.

Broadcasting giant network ABS-CBN and media outfit Solar Sports are jockeying for the right to show Asia’s first professional basketball league.

The verdict is expected to be handed on Tuesday when the members of the Board hold another round of meeting.

"Mas gusto ng board more time, ayaw nila ng padaos-daos na desisiyon because this issue is crucial for the PBA," Barrios said.

Aside from Chua, also present were vice-chairman and Alaska representative Joaqui Trillo, governors Lito Alvarez of Air21, Coca-Cola’s JB Baylon and Welcoat’s Mamerto Mondragon, alternates Robert Non of Ginebra, Magnolia’s Ely Capacio, Purefoods’ Rene Pardo, Sta. Lucia Realty’s Atty. Ariel Magno and Talk ‘N Text’s Ramoncito Fernandez.

The contract of ABC-5, the league’s current TV partner, will expire in August. ABC-5 bigwigs opted not to join the bidding war this time around.

Aside from being a TV partner, the league is looking for a partner that can help them improve its marketing.

ABS-CBN, through its UHF channel Studio 23, has been involved in basketball being the coveror the country’s top two collegiate tournaments — the NCAA and UAAP.

As for Solar Sports, it is currently the TV partner of the PBL and its cable channel Basketball TV carries the NBA games live. —Waylon Galvez

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 06:58 AM
PBA defers decision on television rights
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, May 23, 2008
http://philstar.com

The PBA board of governors opted to set another meeting before deciding to whom it would grant the league’s broadcast rights after drawing more data on the contending networks.

“The board adjourned the meeting not arriving at a decision. The consensus was for them to have more time to chew in the new wealth of information that has just come in,” said PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios.

The PBA board, provided more data by AC Nielsen earlier, received more details from another media agency, Mind Shares,* yesterday.

“The two studies are complementing one another. It’s enlightening. But the board, of course, wanted to share the information with their principals before making a decision,” said Barrios.

The board set another meeting Tuesday also at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

A STAR source, however, said the board is likely to reach a consensus and would no longer need to divide the house.

The same source said the inclination of most of the PBA governors is to accept the offer of Solar Sports over that of ABS-CBN.

Solar Sports, with RPN-9 as carrying station, is offering a straight-up three-year deal. ABS-CBN is apparently offering a four-year package with the option to sign a three-year contract-extension at the end of the initial deal.

The STAR source said Solar Sports’ package is P31 million better than the amount being offered by the Lopez-owned network in the first three years of its offer.

Another source, however, is not totally ruling out a change of heart by the governors.

“It’s not over till it’s signed, sealed and delivered. You can never be sure with the PBA board’s vote. Nothing is certain from* now until Tuesday,” said the source.

“It has happened many times before when the board swung votes in a matter of hours,” the same source noted.

He mentioned such incidents on the ouster of former commissioner Noli Eala, the non-appointment of Freddie Webb as OIC and also the non-appointment of either Chito Salud or Lambert Ramos as commissioner.

amdgc82
05-23-2008, 07:40 AM
ANOTHER ROUND OF MEETING SET
Still no TV network for PBA games
05/23/2008
http://tribune.net.ph

Board members of the Philippine Basketball Association yesterday failed to reach a consensus and decided to postpone awarding the league’s television rights starting next season.

League commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios said more deliberations are needed as the board members have to review a lot of data presented by the bidding networks.

“The board wanted more time to evaluate the process, to chew on all the data that bombarded them,” Barrios said. The board has set another meeting on Tuesday.

Barrios made his own presentation before those of AC Nielsen and Mindshare media agency, which were commissioned to make studies on the respective feasibilities of bidders ABS-CBN and Solar Sports.

“We wanted informative data from varied perspectives and Mindshare was able to come up with a study that is complimentary to what Nielsen presented,” Barrios explained.

“There were already some discussions among the governors, pero wala pang formal,” Board chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull declared.

Nielsen was initially called to show the ratings of the current bidders relative to each other, as well as those of current TV coveror ABC-5 and past rights holders Channels 4, 9 and 13.

ABS-CBN is reportedly offering Studio 23 (with replays at ABS-CBN 2) while Solar Sports is presenting RPN-9 as partner to exclusively televise the games.

The Lopez-owned ABS-CBN network is offering a four-year package with an option to sign a three-year contract-extension at the end of the initial deal while Solar Sports is looking for a straight-up, three-year contract.

Around P160 million is reportedly being offered by both outfits for the 2008-09 season alone.

Allegedly due to a concerted effort to push towards a different direction, ABC-5 has backed off from the bidding process.

amdgc82
05-24-2008, 06:13 AM
Pro league postpones decision on TV rights
Friday, May 23, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE Philippine Basketball Association board of governors failed to decide on which network to grant its television franchise to for the new season which opens in September.

This is amid indications that while former chairman Ricky Vargas and Air21 representative Lito Alvarez were solidly behind the ABS-CBN, current chairman Tony Chua was perceived to be leading a group that was leaning toward Solar Sports.

But Chua gave no indication of his preference in a telephone conversation with Viva Sports/ Standard Today. He also disclosed that he was surprised by the fact that the Ad agency Mind Share had been invited to make a presentation supposedly at the instigation of some governors.

Chua said they wanted a clear picture and disclosed that “while the young and so-called yuppies go for the collegiate leagues University Athletic Association of the Philippines and National Collegiate Athletic Association, the middle-aged and older fans go for the PBA.”

“Without a doubt, ABS-CBN is the better network and it’s complete common sense,” said Vargas in a telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Standard Today from Hong Kong, where he is on a business trip after flying in from the United States. Ronnie Nathanielsz

amdgc82
05-24-2008, 06:16 AM
ABS-CBN out of TV rights race
BY JIMMY A. CANTOR
SATURDAY |MAY 24, 2008
www.malaya.com.ph

GIANT television network ABS-CBN has pulled out of the two-way race for the PBA television rights, leaving things in the bag for Solar Sports.

There’s a catch, however. If Solar Sports does not agree to the "product category lockout" being sought by the pro league, the PBA board will go back to square one in its bid to find a new television partner for its next seasons.

In a statement, ABS-CBN said: "The network acknowledges the great effort expended by both ABS-CBN and the PBA to reach an agreement with regards to the coverage of the games. However, despite reaching common ground on most of the proposed terms, both parties have reached a deadlock on certain crucial matters. As such, ABS-CBN has withdrawn its proposal."

This statement was contained in a letter sent to the pro league yesterday.

A very reliable source told Malaya yesterday that ABS-CBN decided to withdraw its bid due to the "product category lockout" clause being sought by the PBA board.

A "lockout" means whoever will be chosen as the league’s television partner will be prohibited from tapping advertising materials from companies whose products compete directly with the products being offered by the league’s member teams. For instance, Globe cannot be tapped as a sponsor because one of its competitors, Smart (Talk N Text), has a team in the league.

"The league will not give in to that," said the Malaya source. "It’s an untenable situation."

Initially, Malaya learned that eight out of nine voting governors are ready to cast their vote with Solar Sports. Things have changed drastically after ABS-CBN withdrew from the picture. The final decision is likely to be handed down on Tuesday, according to Commissioner Sonny Barrios.

"I want to see the answer of Solar Sports to the lockout question," said the second Malaya source.

Last Thursday, Barrios said the governors, after deliberating on the bids of the two bidders, decided to defer its decision to Tuesday "to enable them to evaluate and chew all the data" presented to them by AC Nielsen and Mindshare media agency that were commissioned to study the respective bids of ABS-CBN and Solar Sports.

Aside from the ‘lockout,’ the second Malaya source said the board was also "not comfortable" with the long-term proposal and package being offered by ABS-CBN. The network, which had offered to air games on Studio 23, with replays to be aired on ABS-CBN, has offered a four-year package, with an option for a three-year contract extension. Solar Sports has offered a straight three-year deal.

Both bidders have offered around P160 million for the 2008-09 season.

ABC-5, currently airing PBA games, has backed off from the bidding process.

amdgc82
05-24-2008, 06:21 AM
ABS-CBN won’t bid anymore
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Saturday, May 24, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

ABS-CBN has withdrawn its offer in the bidding for the broadcast rights of the Philippine Basketball Association.

Vice president for sports Peter Musngi told Viva Sports/Standard Today that the network decided not to pursue its effort to secure the television coverage of the games and had officially informed the PBA board, through Commissioner Sonny Barrios, about the decision.

“ABS-CBN and the PBA, despite reaching substantial common ground on most of the proposed terms, appear to be deadlocked on certain crucial matters,” Musngi said. “Consequently, we are hereby withdrawing our proposal to the PBA.”

The withdrawal of ABS-CBN would leave Solar Sports as the sole remaining entity interested in the PBA TV rights after ABC-5 also indicated it had no interest in extending its current contract with the pro league, which has been steadily going down in recent years in terms of its television ratings and public interest.

Viva Sports/Standard Today earlier learned that at the last board meeting, a majority of the board members, led by its chairman Tony Chua, were leaning towards Solar Sports, although former chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk N Text and Air 21 governor Lito Alvarez were strongly behind ABS-CBN. They even declared the choice between the giant network and Solar Sports, which would telecast the games on RPN-9, a government sequestered channel, a “no-brainer.”

Alvarez said he was surprised that at the board meeting on Thursday, Mind Share, an advertising agency, made a presentation reportedly at the invitation of Barrios.

It was disclosed that Mind Share, in its presentation, projected that if the PBA games were telecast on RPN-9, it would rate something like 7.5 percent, but that if it was aired on Studio 23, it would rate 1.8 percent, without taking into consideration the tremendous cross-promotions boost that would immediately impact on ratings under an ABS-CBN partnership.

amdgc82
05-24-2008, 06:30 AM
ABS-CBN withdraws; Solar Sports remains front-runner
Saturday, May 24, 2008
http://philstar.com

Solar Sports, a TV outfit which features among others NBA games, stellar boxing cards and big billiards events, may have firmed up its bid to gain the exclusive PBA broadcast rights with ABS-CBN withdrawing its proposal to cover the PBA games starting next season.

ABS-CBN announced its withdrawal yesterday, 24 hours after the PBA board opted to defer its decision on whom to entrust its TV rights.

“The network acknowledges the great effort expended by both ABS-CBN and the PBA to reach an agreement with regards to the coverage of the games. However, despite reaching common ground on most of the proposed terms, both parties have reached a deadlock on certain crucial matters. As such, ABS-CBN has withdrawn its proposal,” said ABS-CBN in a press statement.

“ABS-CBN sincerely appreciates the generous time and effort the PBA commissioner and board of governors have expended during the exclusive negotiations,” ABS-CBN also stated.

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios said ABS-CBN’s withdrawal doesn’t mean Solar Sports automatically bags the broadcast rights.

“It’s still open to anybody. We still have many options, like doing the coverage ourselves in a tie-up with another outfit,” said Barrios.

“It so happened that only ABS-CBN, Solar Sports and Makisig Channel had signified interest. But now that ABS-CBN has withdrawn, others might come in,” Barrios also said, adding they still have issues up for clarification with Solar Sports.

Doing away with its old bidding process, the league had given ABS-CBN the first crack at the broadcast rights before entertaining the offer of Solar Sports.

Solar Sports, with RPN-9 as carrier station, is offering a straight-up three-year deal. ABS-CBN apparently offered four-year package.* – Nelson Beltran

amdgc82
05-24-2008, 06:35 AM
ALMOST IN THE BAG FOR SOLAR
ABS-CBN withdraws PBA television bid
By Lourdes Florian Hernandez
05/24/2008
http://tribune.net.ph

A crucial item concerning a lockout on products being peddled by companies owning teams in the Philippine Basketball Association needs to be resolved before the league’s board of governors officially awards Solar Sports the PBA coverage rights on Tuesday.

No other hurdles are blocking Solar’s path to becoming the league’s newest television partner as its rival, giant network ABS-CBN, also withdrew its bid yesterday after clinching only a single vote out of nine board members during the last meeting held on Thursday.

Although official announcement from the league claimed no consensus was reached following a long deliberation, a source claimed the board only deferred announcement of its decision “to give ABS-CBN a nice way out.”

An official announcement from the network made no mention of how the votes went. The statement read: “ABS-CBN would like to formally announce the withdrawal of its proposal to cover the PBA games for its upcoming season, as expressed in a letter sent to the PBA Board of Governors today, May 23, 2008.

“The network acknowledges the great effort expended by both ABS-CBN and the PBA to reach an agreement with regards to the coverage of the games. But despite reaching common ground on most of the proposed terms, both parties have reached a deadlock on certain crucial matters. As such, ABS-CBN has withdrawn its proposal.

ABS-CBN sincerely appreciates the generous time and effort the PBA Commissioner and Board of Governors have expended during the exclusive negotiations.”

Solar Sports, however, has to agree to a “product category lockout” being sought by the pro league, or the PBA board will go back to square one in its bid to find a new television partner for its next seasons.

The league is insisting on a lockout to protect business interests of its team members. It seeks to ban advertising materials from companies whose products compete directly with the products being offered by the league’s member teams.

“The league will not give in to that. It’s an untenable situation,” the source said.

amdgc82
05-24-2008, 07:07 AM
http://bleachersbrew.blogspot.com/2008/05/pba-goes-to-solar-sports.html

Friday, May 23, 2008
The PBA goes to Solar Sports

Years ago, Solar Sports bid for the rights to air the PBA. In spite of having the best bid, Solar mysteriously lost out. But it's a small world and there's no room for hard feelings. When I was working at Solar Sports, there was a move to release classic PBA games on DVD-video through Solar Entertainment but as we found out then, reels and tapes of many of those old games weren't archived properly resulting in many of them being worn out.

Just imagine... a box sets of those classic Crispa-Toyota matches or even Ginebra-Tanduay. The Grand Slam Years. Early imports. Man, this would be a treat for the local hoops fan. Alas, I think it wasn't until the later years that tapes were stored properly.

Anyways, word is that Solar is gOT dibs on the PBA (according to PBA and Solar sources). So is it safe to say that the games will be on both C/S and BTV? And will Solar retain the current broadcasting corps of Mico Halili, Jason Webb, Richard Del Rosario, Dominic Uy, Barry Pascua et al? Will we see a mixture of old Solar/BTV hands (and my good buddies) Mark Zambrano, Vitto Lazatin, and Chiqui Reyes? Save for Vitto, the two dudes were my teammates at Team Solar before in the Ateneo Basketball League.

It's actually good for the PBA because of Solar/BTV's great relationship with the NBA. It's a great association if you ask me. Now where this leaves the PBL is anyone's guess.

No to showbiz in hoops! Keep it real.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SOLAR SPORTS/BTV!

The_Big_Cat
05-24-2008, 11:31 AM
Gusto din daw dalhin ng PBA some of the present ABC-5 "commentating crew" to be a part of the ABS-CBN crew which ABS-CBN doesn't want.

erichubert
05-24-2008, 11:50 AM
Really? that is a little weird considering that there are a lot of good talents in the ABC 5 crew specially the beautiful Miakka Lim ;D Seriously, I can't imagine PBA without Quinito Henson. Baka ABS-CBN didn't want the other talents like Barry Pascua :D

The_Big_Cat
05-24-2008, 12:05 PM
^Isa lang daw yun sa mga dapat na tapos na pag usapan. Pero some board members daw pabago-bago ang desisyon. Hindi nga daw makakuha ng QUORUM sa PBA board meeting dahil kulang-kulang kaya hindi daw makapag bigay ng majority decision.

If you read back from this thread, puro delay dahil hindi kumpleto ang board. Apparently, napagod na daw kahihintay ang ABS-CBN.

erichubert
05-24-2008, 12:10 PM
This indecison on the part of the PBA board is puzzling to say the least. These are business people who are used to making big money decisions and they can't make a consensus on this? Somehow I feel this would cost the PBA in the long run, the deal with ABS-CBN was really tailor-fit for the PBA specially in these times that the league is on the way down.

The_Big_Cat
05-24-2008, 12:14 PM
^Sayang nga.

Pero hindi pa final yan. Wala pa naman pirmahan. Baka mag iba pa ang ihip ng hangin.

james_ty
05-24-2008, 12:25 PM
http://bleachersbrew.blogspot.com/2008/05/pba-goes-to-solar-sports.html

Friday, May 23, 2008
The PBA goes to Solar Sports

Years ago, Solar Sports bid for the rights to air the PBA. In spite of having the best bid, Solar mysteriously lost out. But it's a small world and there's no room for hard feelings. When I was working at Solar Sports, there was a move to release classic PBA games on DVD-video through Solar Entertainment but as we found out then, reels and tapes of many of those old games weren't archived properly resulting in many of them being worn out.

Just imagine... a box sets of those classic Crispa-Toyota matches or even Ginebra-Tanduay. The Grand Slam Years. Early imports. Man, this would be a treat for the local hoops fan. Alas, I think it wasn't until the later years that tapes were stored properly.

Anyways, word is that Solar is gOT dibs on the PBA (according to PBA and Solar sources). So is it safe to say that the games will be on both C/S and BTV? And will Solar retain the current broadcasting corps of Mico Halili, Jason Webb, Richard Del Rosario, Dominic Uy, Barry Pascua et al? Will we see a mixture of old Solar/BTV hands (and my good buddies) Mark Zambrano, Vitto Lazatin, and Chiqui Reyes? Save for Vitto, the two dudes were my teammates at Team Solar before in the Ateneo Basketball League.

It's actually good for the PBA because of Solar/BTV's great relationship with the NBA. It's a great association if you ask me. Now where this leaves the PBL is anyone's guess.

No to showbiz in hoops! Keep it real.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SOLAR SPORTS/BTV!


The PBL should stay with Solar. After all, there's no other sports production outfit in the country that airs the three best basketball leagues here.

As for ABS-CBN, we salute them for their decision to back out of the PBA TV bidding. They would have held the league hostage if they won the bid.

The_Big_Cat
05-24-2008, 12:29 PM
^Solar Sports is not that bad naman.

Huwag lang nila ilagay yung few "OA" at "bulol" na commentators nila from BTV at CS.

sonpudong
05-24-2008, 11:55 PM
Kaya pala BTV is posting the ads for ALL NEW BTV SOON...

I think Congrats is in the order for Solar Sports...

I think those tapes can be remastered and turned into PBA's greatest games... one you can put on a timeslot in BTV exclusive... then the live games at Channel 9 then Replays on BTV for the call center agents hehehe...

Do hope that the games dont get riddled with ADS... and streamline the graphics and commentary...

james_ty
05-25-2008, 10:15 AM
Kaya pala BTV is posting the ads for ALL NEW BTV SOON...

I think Congrats is in the order for Solar Sports...

I think those tapes can be remastered and turned into PBA's greatest games... one you can put on a timeslot in BTV exclusive... then the live games at Channel 9 then Replays on BTV for the call center agents hehehe...

Do hope that the games dont get riddled with ADS... and streamline the graphics and commentary...


ABC used to put up the PBA Greatest Games pero hindi ito na-sustain kasi kulang ng tapes. Maraming lumang tapes ng PBA, naiwan sa dating opisina sa PhilSports Arena.

If Solar exerts an effort to help the PBA find those tapes, maganda ito.

With Solar almost sure of getting the PBA, the company now has the three top basketball leagues -- PBA, NBA and PBL. Vintage, I remember, aired all three leagues but the NBA wasn't aired live then.

john_paul_manahan
05-25-2008, 06:28 PM
congrats to solar.

kulang na lang ang the big 2 collegiate leagues (which constitute pretty much abs-cbn sports' cash cow) and btv will truly be the home of basketball.

i just hope they can work on improving the brand.

amdgc82
05-25-2008, 06:34 PM
http://kaboomphilippines.blogspot.com/2008/05/abs-cbn-pulls-out.html

Saturday, May 24, 2008
ABS-CBN Pulls Out

ABS-CBN after having exclusive negotiations with the PBA for two months, withdrew its bid for the broadcast rights of the most popular league in the country.* The reason given was that although they were able to agree on many issues, there were a few that were non negotiable so the big network decided it wasn't worth it.

Reports from news articles state that the board had already decided and in fact had an overwhelming 8-1 vote.* Purefoods even requested to have their vote counted for this matter as they also strongly felt Solar was a better choice to make it 9-1.* So with everything moot and academic, ABS-CBN decided to pull out before an official statement was made by the PBA.* Third party groups also recommended Solar over the giant network for reasons only the board would know right now.

Whatever the reason for the pullout, Solar now has an excellent chance in getting the nod on Tuesday when the board convenes again about the matter.* Being the one who put together the presentation, I certainly believe Solar's bid was compelling with or without the pullout.* If the PBA does decide to award the rights to Solar, I will post some of the bid details here so everyone can appreciate the strength of the proposal.* It seems practically all the board members saw the merits of what was presented by Solar compared to Studio 23.

tigerman
05-25-2008, 08:40 PM
This product lockout thing puzzles me. Isn't it that the logo of gold eagle beer is part of the scoreboard flashed on the tv screen at the end of the game/ every quarter? And we all know that the said brand is part of the Asia Brewery company, which ironically is a direct competitor of SMB. How about the "TM (Touch Mobile) tres" everytime a player scores a 3-pointer?


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

nastrans
05-25-2008, 09:11 PM
Gold Eagle Beer is owned by SMC.

tigerman
05-25-2008, 09:24 PM
^ Sorry about that and thanks for the correction.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

gameface_one
05-26-2008, 01:09 AM
Who else is out there?
THE GAME OF MY LIFE By Bill Velasco
Monday, May 26, 2008
philstar.com


The withdrawal of ABS-CBN from the PBA television rights bidding stirred the sports pages, if only for the reason that now the bidding is reduced to one bidder, Solar Sports.

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios said that the PBA has a self-imposed deadline of May 31, which makes it almost impossible for a new bid to be put together, unless the deadline is extended.

Barrios had a team enter into discussions with ABS-CBN, through the team of its vice-president for sports, Peter Musngi. They spent weeks and many sleepless nights hammering out the terms of agreements, and sorted through the bones of contention that some board members might object to. But eventually, they could not reach a compromise or agreement on some unspecified matters.

This writer has gathered that some PBA higher-ups wanted a three-year deal, while ABS-CBN, looking at a considerable investment (as it made with the defunct MBA in the late 1990’s), wanted a longer deal, seven years according to one source. One supposed old complaint was that some board members wanted the games aired on ABS-CBN Channel 2, while the network was offering substantial airtime on Studio 23, instead.

The quandary that any network would have with covering live spots is the cost of airtime, and the risk of a large opportunity cost, as well. Would it be profitable enough to have a large contingent of people and equipment constantly being deployed to a venue, consuming roughly five hours of airtime at least three times a week, and possibly running overtime through succeeding programs? You’d also have to consider the fact that ABS-CBN’s newscasts are highly profitable, and to disrupt its award-winning and high-rating news broadcasts might not be in its best interests.

ABS-CBN would, inevitably, also make available to the PBA its other platforms: international broadcasts, magazines, cross-promotions and events. The question now is, what would make it difficult or impractical for the PBA to consider all those components that have been proven to make superstars out of virtual unknowns.

Also, ABS-CBN’s coverage of the UAAP was a major point of comparison with the current broadcasts, and as such, would most logically have been the yardstick in the bidding process.

Solar Sports, on the other hand, as an independent producer and blocktime, can offer other airtime to the PBA. RPN, as a government channel, will likely stay in government control until at least 2010, since the administration would not want to risk having another weapon in the hands of potential enemies. Airtime on other networks would also be available, if the PBA wants to experiment with being on more than one network again. Solar has become a player in sports broadcasting through its acquisition of major properties like the NBA and the formation of Basketball TV.

Makisig Channel has also been mentioned, but it would probably be a bit too early in the day for them to step into the picture. Barely a year old, the independent cable channel, owned by businessman and sportsman Hermie Esguerra, has done a great job in producing quality programming with the resources that it has. Makisig has two studios, and is studying expansion possibilities. So far, their backbone has consisted of horse racing, Esguerra’s passion. If you recall, he owns the spectacularly successful Windblown. Veteran newsman Jake Maderazo has put together an impresive team of producers, writers and on-camera talents that include Monsour del Rosario and other celebrities.

“We also need time to hold hands with the new TV coveror, and walk each other through our plans,” Barrios said. “It is a learning process, and we both need to familiarize ourselves with each other.”

In the past, other independent PBA TV coverors have encountered great difficulty in sustaining their ends of the agreement because they could not meet their advertising sales projections, and thus ran out of money. The continuously large outlays for airtime and production become like an open wound, and the financial hemorrhage can’t be stopped.

Perhaps the next question is this: Who else would be experienced enough to head the TV production of the PBA games? Moreover, who would end up being in front of the cameras, and behind them? Would it end up back with those currently doing the games?

Once again, it begs the question, who else is out there?

The_Big_Cat
05-26-2008, 07:49 AM
Gold Eagle Beer is owned by SMC.

Before the San Miguel franchise went back to the PBA in 1988, in the early 80s it was known as Gold Eagle Beer. The more notable player in that Gold Eagle Beer squad was no. 7 guard Marte Saldana. And before it was Gold Eagle Beer, in the late 70s it was known as Royal True Orange, which had many-time national team players Rosario "Yoyong" Martirez and Manny Paner in its lineup.

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 03:46 AM
www.journal.com.ph
May 27, 2008 06:14 PM Tuesday* *
Solar’s offer: P498M for 3 years
By: Zean Macamay*

IS Solar Sports the chosen one?
* *
Not yet. But the sooner it is for the PBA Board of Governors to decide the next coveror of the league, the better.
* *
“Huwag naman sanang mangyari na hindi magkatuluyan,” said PBA Commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios, referring to an impasse between the PBA and Solar Sports, the only remaining official outfit that had presented interest in covering the league’s games for three years.
* *
“If there are some questions that the Board needs answers to, then I, as facilitator, would meet with the offeror and discuss matters again,” said Barrios.
* *
The PBA Board convenes today with no other agenda on the table but whether to finally give its nod to Solar Sports as the PBA’s official TV coveror starting next season or look for other alternatives despite clearly running out of time.
* *
Previously, the Board had set a deadline of May 31 to select its coveror after ABC-5 backed out. Now, the PBA is left with the international sports media outfit after a previous presentor -- ABS-CBN -- withdrew because of a deadlock on ‘crucial matters.’
* *
Barrios said that since ABS-CBN withdrew from the running last Friday, he had already met with Solar Sports officials twice. Acting as some sort of a mediator, he would today present Solar’s ‘refined’ offer and could only hope that everything would turn out smooth.
* *
“We’re talking about a new coveror here, so it could prove to be a long difficult process since meron pang getting-to-know-you period. Kaya the earlier the Board decides, the better. This is not merely a contract extension we’re talking here,” said Barrios.
* *
Officials from Solar Sports are expected to be at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City during the Board meeting, as what Barrios had requested. “”I have requested them to be around, para madali kung* may tanong ang mga governors.”
* *
ABS-CBN backed out from the process a day after the Board met last Thursday. In its statement, it said that there was a stalemate between itself and the Board.
* *
But a reliable source said that ABS-CBN’s offer to air the games on Channel 23, and not on its main Channel 2, was one of the reasons. ABS-CBN’s official offer indeed was to broadcast the games on Channel 23, with replays on Channel 2. Another aspect of the offer the Board didn’t like was ABS-CBN’s intention to control the entire machinery of the league.
* *
With Solar Sports, the PBA will now decide whether it would agree to its terms: a straight-up, three-year, P498 million contract. Solar Sports would pay the league P160 million on its first season, P168 million on the next, and P170 on its final year,* according to a source.
* *
There are some matters, though, that Solar Sports would like to go in their favor. A* reliable source said that Solar Sports is demanding that the lockout on advertisements against the competing teams’ rival companies be removed.
* *
If ever the Board again fails to decide today, the Board will move closer to a direction that would force itself to air its own games. If that happens, the PBA will be a ‘blocktimer,’ meaning that it would now have to buy premium airtime from any of the networks.
* *
This set-up has been already been examined by AC Nielsen* and Mindshare, the two auditing firms commissioned by the PBA. In their report, a network that airs PBA games is assured of increased ratings.
* *
Barrios also said that he had already talked with an official from Makisig Channel, another outfit interested in airing the games. A person who is familiar with the network’s bid said that Makisig Channel is willing to bid P550 million for three years.
* *
“I have talked with an official over the phone,” said Barrios. “But* there is no official interest whatsoever. If things don’t turn out well for Solar Sports, maybe they (Makisig) could make us a presentation.”* *

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 03:52 AM
www.malaya.com.ph
TUESDAY |MAY 27, 2008
PBA board decides on Solar offer
BY NOLI CORTEZ

WITH ABS-CBN having opted out, Solar Sports, the only bidder left, is supposed to have the pro league television rights in the bag.

Unless Solar Sports agrees to the "product category lockout" clause being sought by the PBA board, Malaya sources say the pro league could decide to extend its self-imposed deadline and prolong the search until the best acceptable offer comes along.

The governors had earlier tabbed May 31 as the last date for coming up with the new TV franchise holder, but Commissioner Sonny Barrios yesterday said the process could be extended if the final offer of Solar Sports does not seem unacceptable to most.

"Kung extension lang ng dating contract, madali," said Barrios yesterday on the eve of the governors’ meeting at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City starting at 10 a.m. to discuss whether to accept Solar’s offer or continue looking at other possibilities.

"But we’re talking about a new coveror here, so it could prove to be a long difficult process. The earlier the Board decides the better."

ABS-CBN withdrew from the bidding process last Friday, a day after the Board deferred coming up with a final decision.

Another interested party, Makisig Channel, had initially expressed its willingness to participate in the process but the governors reportedly felt it was too late for the station to participate.

ABC-5, whose contract with the PBA expires at the end of the current season, has backed off from the bidding process.

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 03:59 AM
www.mb.com.ph
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Solar likely PBA TV coveror
by Waylon Galvez

Barring last-minute changes, the PBA board of governors is expected to award the television coverage of next year’s PBA season to Solar Sports.

"It’s 99.9 percent sure," said a PBA board insider who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the deal.

"There are some issues being threshed out. But if you look at it, the offer made by Solar Sports is acceptable to majority of the board.

Majority of the 10-man board are in favor of the three-year contract proposal presented by Solar Sports, said the same source.

The board meeting, chaired by Red Bull’s Tony Chua, is set at 10 a.m. at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City with league commissioner Renauld "Sonny" Barrios making a report on his consultations with Solar Sports which will air the games on RPN-9.

"Hari nawa mag-katuluyan na (PBA-Solar Sports partnership). If not, we’ll look for other interested parties," said Barrios who remained non-commital.

"Ngayon kasi Solar Sports lang ang kausap namin. Kung malaman ng ibang grupo (in the TV industry) na hindi nakuha ng Solar Sports, expect na may mga papasok. Pero kung makuha na nila, tapos na."

Last Thursday, the board deferred its decision to name the PBA’s new television partner.

ABS-CBN, however, pulled out its PBA bid last Friday after failing to iron out some kinks with the PBA "even after extensive discussions of both sides to come to an agreement."

"Both the PBA and ABS-CBN have reached substantial common ground on most of the proposed terms, but were deadlocked on some crucial matters, which pushed the Kapamilya network to pull out," according to the ABS-CBN statement.

ABS-CBN reportedly offered a four-year contract with the option to sign a three-year contract extension.

Ely Capacio, who represents Magnolia Beverage, one of three PBA teams owned by San Miguel Corporation (SMC), said the contract should be "fair and not one-sided."

Chua said that it’s important to decide as soon as possible as the board set a self-imposed deadline of May 31.

Majority of the board members were impressed with the proposal of Solar Sports, according to the source.

Solar Sports, aside from airing the NBA games, boxing matches and billiards tournaments, won the rights to televise the Beijing Olympics this August.

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 04:14 AM
http://philstar.com
Solar Sports dangles P498M three-year TV deal
By Nelson Beltran
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Philippine Basketball Association and Solar Sports is ready to strike a deal for the league’s exclusive broadcast rights any time with only a few minor kinks to be ironed out in their negotiation.

League commissioner Sonny Barrios, who has had two meetings with the Solar Sports people, will inform the PBA board of the details of the discussions in a meeting today at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

A* STAR source said Solar Sports is offering a package of P498 million in three years – P160 million in the 2008-09 season, P168 next year and P170 million in the final year.

Another source said Makisig Channel is looking to revive its offer following the withdrawal of ABS-CBN.

The Hermie Esguerra-owned outfit is apparently ready to bid P550 million also for three years.

Barrios* said Solar Sports has addressed most of the board’s concerns but can’t speculate on what will be the decision of the board.

“I’m merely the facilitator here not the decision-maker. I’ll just basically report to the board what we’ve gone through. If this concern is settled, it’s welcome news for me since we’ll finally be guided on what to do next,” said Barrios.

“Whoever the new coveror may be, we’ll have to sit down for maybe months for the preparation operationally, unlike if it’s still ABC-5 which has long been doing the job,” Barrios added.

x x x x x x x x x x x

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 04:20 AM
Estado ng Solar Sports tatalakayin ng PBA Board
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Pilipino Star Ngayon

Inaasahang tatalakayin ngayong araw ng PBA Board ang isyu kaugnay sa pag-atras ng ABS-CBN at ang estado ng Solar Sports sa pagiging official coveror ng professional league.

“Tatalakayin precisely ‘yung issue na ‘yan,” sambit kahapon ni PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios. “So titingnan natin kung mareresolba ‘yan, but I cannot speak for the Board whether they will finally decide on the matter.”

Kamakailan ay pormal na inihayag ng ABS-CBN ang kanilang pag-atras sa bidding process na inilatag ng PBA Board, pinamumunuan ni Tony Chua ng Red Bull Barakos bilang chairman, matapos ang hindi pagkakaunawaan sa ilang detalye.

Mas pinaboran ng PBA Board ang iniaalok na three-year deal ng Solar Sports kumpara sa seven-year term ng ABS-CBN kung saan mayroon silang opsyon sa huling tatlong taon nito.

Matatapos ang samahan ng PBA at ng ABC Channel 5 sa Hulyo.

“Hindi pa naman na sila na. Sila lang ‘yung kausap nating susunod after ABS-CBN,” wika ni Barrios sa Solar Sports, ihahatid ang mga laro ng PBA sa RPN Channel 9 sakaling sila na ang piliin ng PBA Board bilang official coveror.* “Harinawa ay magkaintindihan na nang tuluyan, and then Solar na.”

Kung hindi naman mareresolbahan ng PBA Board ang isyu hinggil sa tatayong official coveror ng liga, sinabi ni Barrios na mayroon pa rin namang opsyon na tinitingnan ang PBA Board.

“Kung meron namang bagay na hindi mapagkakasunduan on certain points, then we’ll have to see how things proceed,” sabi ni Barrios. (RCadayona)

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 12:45 PM
TV rights not a done deal yet, says Chua
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

WITH the withdrawal of broadcast network ABS-CBN from the bidding of the Philippine Basketball Association’s television rights, the league is left with Solar Sports, but chairman Tony Chua claims it’s still not a done deal.

In a telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Standard Today, Chua said it was not a sure thing as yet. “By tomorrow [today], we have to clear something with Solar. There are some clarifications the PBA board needs to get.”

While conceding the PBA had nowhere to go, the chairman said it would be difficult if the league was caught in a bind now that Solar knows that ABS-CBN has withdrawn.

Chua insisted that no decision was made during last Thursday’s board meeting, but that “we asked Sonny to go out and meet with Solar and ABS-CBN for certain clarification from both.”

The chairman claimed that ABS-CBN didn’t want to give in on its seven-year contract, and also on the issue of a lockout demanded by San Miguel Corp.

ABS-CBN vice president for Sports, Peter Musngi said the network planned to invest hundreds of millions in promoting the PBA over the first few years and a seven-year contract was only fair from a business perspective. He said they were willing to either provide a guarantee over seven years so that the PBA would be assured of its income or after the first phase of the contract, negotiate on the terms for the subsequent years.

Musngi also clarified that the network was interested in the interactive business, which was reportedly under PBA Properties but “only wanted first option when they become available,” since it was now with a third party. ABS-CBN made no demands in this regard. [b]Ronnie Nathanielsz

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 12:47 PM
A golden opportunity wasted
BY RONNIE NATHANIELSZ
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE Philippine Basketball Association lost a glorious opportunity to partner, for the very first time, with one of the two broadcast giants in the country when a majority of its board members opted to go for Solar Sports instead of ABS-CBN’s Studio 23. If it was willing to innovate and think out of the box, there was a real opportunity to have a Sunday morning game aired live on the pre-eminent Channel 2 with Saturday’s provincial games also aired live on Studio 23 with a 10:30 p.m. replay on Channel 2. That would have given the league a massive boost, because there is no conceivable way a telecast on RPN-9 can come anywhere near the ratings of a game on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

By its actions, the PBA board denied itself an opportunity to rescue the pro league from its present mediocrity which has seen ratings plunge, lack of genuine public interest and the league wallows in stagnation with the singular exception of the emotional following of Barangay Ginebra fans.

ABS-CBN very correctly withdrew its proposal for the broadcast rights citing failure to come to terms on some crucial points. But we shall leave that for a later column. The withdrawal was, to us at least, a decision made in the context of a miserable failure on the part of some board members to appreciate the fact that the reason companies maintain teams in the pro league is to get maximum exposure for their products in the competitive marketplace. Otherwise, why would San Miguel Corp. insists on a corporate lockout? Clearly to protect their products from competitors.

Former chairman Ricky Vargas and Air21 governor Lito Alvarez, for what it’s worth, said the choice of ABS-CBN was a no-brainer. But it seems a majority of board members didn’t see it that way and apparently failed to grasp the opportunity to pull it out of a rut and lift it to greater heights that would have surely resulted from a partnership with ABS-CBN.

To them, it was less important than a reported additional P31 million dangled by Solar Sports.

Perhaps, we should understand or at least try to, that the attraction of a few millions to some teams that are struggling to stay afloat could mean a lot.

In many respects, the ABS-CBN withdrawal was strategic because by all accounts, the entire process developed into a charade. We were initially given the impression that everything was aboveboard and the proposals of the two remaining entities—ABS-CBN and Solar Sports—after current TV rights holders ABC-5 showed no interest in continuing—were being dutifully studied and the advantages and disadvantages carefully weighed. But that appears to be regular horse manure. In more graphic language B.S.

It reminds us so much of the wheeling and dealing and the utter lack of integrity and decency in the board’s choice of a new commissioner. But then again, to a large extent, the decency and integrity that characterized the board during the chairmanship of such gentlemen of consummate class as Carlos “Honeyboy” Palanca and the strong and decisive leadership of esteemed men such as commissioner Rudy Salud have long gone.

Last Thursday, no less that chairman Tony Chua told us that no decision had been made on the TV rights and a decision was likely to be made on Tuesday (today). Yet, after the Thursday board meeting, commissioner Sonny Barrios met with Solar Sports executives to discuss some of the contractual details. If no decision had been made, why was the commissioner discussing contractual details with Solar?

It was also Barrios, who admitted that his daughter had a friend in the Mindshare ad agency and he decided to unilaterally, although we seriously doubt it, ask someone from Mindshare to provide what he described as a “second opinion” after the respected Nielsen Media Research Group was commissioned by the board to present its findings on the comparative reach, ratings and other significant data between Studio 23 and the government-sequestered channel, RPN-9. We were informed that the Nielsen report gave the ABS-CBN network a significant edge, while on the crucial issue of cross-promotions, it was the proverbial mismatch.

One wonders whether the request for the inputs of Mindshare was a subtle attempt to partially offset the advantages of ABS-CBN cited by Nielsen. We were informed by more than one governor that Mindshare claimed that while the young people or so-called “yuppies” will watch the National Collegiate Athletic Association and University Athletic Association of the Philippines on Studio 23, they wouldn’t watch the PBA on the same channel. How they reached such a conclusion God only knows.

It was also reported that if the PBA games were aired on RPN-9, they would rate around 7.5 percent while if aired on Studio 23 they would rate around 1.8 percent. How in the name of sanity could anybody project ratings without looking at the impact of the millions committed by ABS-CBN to promoting the league and the fact that they have no equal in cross-promotions, class and style besides a nationwide reach. With the added value of PBA stories on the newscasts of Channel 2 the effect and the pluses cannot be imagined when ranged against RPN-9 which, with all due respect, cannot even be mentioned in the same breath.

When any individual suggests that a rundown, troubled government-sequestered network can surpass let alone match a privately owned and efficiently run network with the most modern technology and a proven track record such as ABS-CBN which was classified as a no-brainer, one wonders where the league is headed.

However, in fairness to Solar Sports, their name and reputation have been established in sports, mainly as a result of the acquisition of the rights to the fights of Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao and many excellent fights of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as well as the NBA. We have also learned that they have invested heavily in modern TV equipment in anticipation of landing the PBA contract.

Still and all, they may have the equipment—and the money—but it takes more than that to get the PBA back into the consciousness of Filipino basketball fans and most especially to once again attract the young. Otherwise, the older fans will get older and the league will hobble along to its ultimate demise.

stonecold316
05-27-2008, 01:17 PM
PBA set to award TV rights to Solar Sports


Barring last-minute changes, the PBA board of governors is expected to award the television coverage of next year’s PBA season to Solar Sports.



"It’s 99.9 percent sure," said a PBA board insider. "There are some issues being threshed out. But if you look at it, the offer made by Solar Sports is acceptable to majority of the board."

Majority of the 10-man board are in favor of the three-year contract proposal presented by Solar Sports, said the well-placed source.

The board meeting, chaired by Red Bull’s Tony Chua, is set at 10 a.m. at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City with league commissioner Renauld "Sonny" Barrios making a report on his consultations with Solar Sports which will air the games on RPN-9.

"Hari nawa mag-katuluyan na (PBA-Solar Sports partnership). If not, we’ll look for other interested parties," said Barrios who remained non-commital.

"Ngayon kasi Solar Sports lang ang kausap namin. Kung malaman ng ibang grupo sa (in the TV industry) na hindi nakuha ng Solar Sports, expect na may mga papasok. Pero kung makuha na nila, tapos na."

Last Thursday, the board deferred its decision to name the PBA’s new television partner.

ABS-CBN, however, pulled out its PBA bid last Friday after failing to iron out some kinks with the PBA "even after extensive discussions of both sides to come to an agreement."

"Both the PBA and ABS-CBN have reached substantial common ground on most of the proposed terms, but were deadlocked on some crucial matters, which pushed the Kapamilya network to pull out," according to the ABS-CBN statement.

ABS-CBN reportedly offered a four-year contract with the option to sign a three-year contract extension.

Ely Capacio, who represents Magnolia Beverage, one of three PBA teams owned by San Miguel Corporation (SMC), said the contract should be "fair and not one-sided".

Chua said that it’s important to decide as soon as possible as the board set a self-imposed deadline of May 31.

Majority of the board members were impressed with the proposal of Solar Sports, according to the source.

Solar Sports, aside from airing the NBA games, boxing matches and billiards tournaments, won the rights to televise the Beijing Olympics this August.

"That says a lot about the company," the source added.

Barrios said that he expects the board to make a vote after his report.

james_ty
05-27-2008, 04:23 PM
A golden opportunity wasted
BY RONNIE NATHANIELSZ
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE Philippine Basketball Association lost a glorious opportunity to partner, for the very first time, with one of the two broadcast giants in the country when a majority of its board members opted to go for Solar Sports instead of ABS-CBN’s Studio 23. If it was willing to innovate and think out of the box, there was a real opportunity to have a Sunday morning game aired live on the pre-eminent Channel 2 with Saturday’s provincial games also aired live on Studio 23 with a 10:30 p.m. replay on Channel 2. That would have given the league a massive boost, because there is no conceivable way a telecast on RPN-9 can come anywhere near the ratings of a game on ABS-CBN Channel 2.

By its actions, the PBA board denied itself an opportunity to rescue the pro league from its present mediocrity which has seen ratings plunge, lack of genuine public interest and the league wallows in stagnation with the singular exception of the emotional following of Barangay Ginebra fans.

ABS-CBN very correctly withdrew its proposal for the broadcast rights citing failure to come to terms on some crucial points. But we shall leave that for a later column. The withdrawal was, to us at least, a decision made in the context of a miserable failure on the part of some board members to appreciate the fact that the reason companies maintain teams in the pro league is to get maximum exposure for their products in the competitive marketplace. Otherwise, why would San Miguel Corp. insists on a corporate lockout? Clearly to protect their products from competitors.

Former chairman Ricky Vargas and Air21 governor Lito Alvarez, for what it’s worth, said the choice of ABS-CBN was a no-brainer. But it seems a majority of board members didn’t see it that way and apparently failed to grasp the opportunity to pull it out of a rut and lift it to greater heights that would have surely resulted from a partnership with ABS-CBN.

To them, it was less important than a reported additional P31 million dangled by Solar Sports.

Perhaps, we should understand or at least try to, that the attraction of a few millions to some teams that are struggling to stay afloat could mean a lot.

In many respects, the ABS-CBN withdrawal was strategic because by all accounts, the entire process developed into a charade. We were initially given the impression that everything was aboveboard and the proposals of the two remaining entities—ABS-CBN and Solar Sports—after current TV rights holders ABC-5 showed no interest in continuing—were being dutifully studied and the advantages and disadvantages carefully weighed. But that appears to be regular horse manure. In more graphic language B.S.

It reminds us so much of the wheeling and dealing and the utter lack of integrity and decency in the board’s choice of a new commissioner. But then again, to a large extent, the decency and integrity that characterized the board during the chairmanship of such gentlemen of consummate class as Carlos “Honeyboy” Palanca and the strong and decisive leadership of esteemed men such as commissioner Rudy Salud have long gone.

Last Thursday, no less that chairman Tony Chua told us that no decision had been made on the TV rights and a decision was likely to be made on Tuesday (today). Yet, after the Thursday board meeting, commissioner Sonny Barrios met with Solar Sports executives to discuss some of the contractual details. If no decision had been made, why was the commissioner discussing contractual details with Solar?

It was also Barrios, who admitted that his daughter had a friend in the Mindshare ad agency and he decided to unilaterally, although we seriously doubt it, ask someone from Mindshare to provide what he described as a “second opinion” after the respected Nielsen Media Research Group was commissioned by the board to present its findings on the comparative reach, ratings and other significant data between Studio 23 and the government-sequestered channel, RPN-9. We were informed that the Nielsen report gave the ABS-CBN network a significant edge, while on the crucial issue of cross-promotions, it was the proverbial mismatch.

One wonders whether the request for the inputs of Mindshare was a subtle attempt to partially offset the advantages of ABS-CBN cited by Nielsen. We were informed by more than one governor that Mindshare claimed that while the young people or so-called “yuppies” will watch the National Collegiate Athletic Association and University Athletic Association of the Philippines on Studio 23, they wouldn’t watch the PBA on the same channel. How they reached such a conclusion God only knows.

It was also reported that if the PBA games were aired on RPN-9, they would rate around 7.5 percent while if aired on Studio 23 they would rate around 1.8 percent. How in the name of sanity could anybody project ratings without looking at the impact of the millions committed by ABS-CBN to promoting the league and the fact that they have no equal in cross-promotions, class and style besides a nationwide reach. With the added value of PBA stories on the newscasts of Channel 2 the effect and the pluses cannot be imagined when ranged against RPN-9 which, with all due respect, cannot even be mentioned in the same breath.

When any individual suggests that a rundown, troubled government-sequestered network can surpass let alone match a privately owned and efficiently run network with the most modern technology and a proven track record such as ABS-CBN which was classified as a no-brainer, one wonders where the league is headed.

However, in fairness to Solar Sports, their name and reputation have been established in sports, mainly as a result of the acquisition of the rights to the fights of Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao and many excellent fights of Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as well as the NBA. We have also learned that they have invested heavily in modern TV equipment in anticipation of landing the PBA contract.

Still and all, they may have the equipment—and the money—but it takes more than that to get the PBA back into the consciousness of Filipino basketball fans and most especially to once again attract the young. Otherwise, the older fans will get older and the league will hobble along to its ultimate demise.


Solar Sports officially got the PBA broadcast rights after today's board meeting. The two parties will sign a memorandum of understanding to be followed by the actual contract once things are ironed out completely.

I beg to disagree with what Ronnie N. said. When I talked to Jude Turcuato, he told me that Solar is set to acquire state-of-the-art broadcast equipment similar to what the NBA is using. In addition, Solar will replay the PBA games on Basketball TV and produce PBA-related shows on BTV. We may even see BTV bringing back iPBA with Asia Agcaoili again as host.

Commissioner Barrios said that RPN is strengthening its signal in the provinces to make sure the PBA games are seen loud and clear. RPN is also willing to make adjustments in its schedule to accommodate the PBA.

In my opinion, Solar won the bid because it was able to deal with the PBA in a very civil manner. The board members were right in choosing Solar because ABS-CBN would have made a lot of concessions which the league found unfair.

Although Ronnie N is right in some aspects, he should realize that what he does only makes ABS-CBN look bad in the eyes of the PBA fans. Hope he stops making too many praises on the Lopez network.

If I were Sev Sarmenta, I'd leave ABS-CBN after my contract expires and move over to Solar. It's no use working for a network that wants to control everything.

The_Big_Cat
05-27-2008, 04:29 PM
^Well said.

It is obvious Ronnie is leaning towards ABS-CBN.

What I would like to hear is how the RPN-9/Solar coverage would be able to bring the PBA broadcast to Filipinos outside the Philippines?

james_ty
05-27-2008, 04:31 PM
^Well said.

It is obvious Ronnie is leaning towards ABS-CBN.

What I would like to hear is how the RPN-9/Solar coverage would be able to bring the PBA broadcast to Filipinos outside the Philippines?


I forgot to ask Jude about that. When I see him again, I will ask that.

tigerman
05-27-2008, 04:32 PM
So that finalizes everything, PBA on C/S. I wonder what will happen with the shows of the said channel? The schedule of the C/S shows will be affected by this development.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

james_ty
05-27-2008, 04:35 PM
So that finalizes everything, PBA on C/S. I wonder what will happen with the shows of the said channel? The schedule of the C/S shows will be affected by this development.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


Solar plans to turn RPN into a sports channel but it will still keep the shows that made it C/S. I will ask Jude once things are ironed out. The next PBA season doesn't start until October so this will give RPN and Solar a lot of time to make the adjustments.

tigerman
05-27-2008, 04:42 PM
^ Thanks.

I wonder what the Sky subscribers would feel if Solar decides to bring back C/S as a "cable" channel and not on free tv.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

james_ty
05-27-2008, 04:43 PM
^ Thanks.

I wonder what the Sky subscribers would feel if Solar decides to bring back C/S as a "cable" channel and not on free tv.



USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!


Karma ang ABS-CBN and SkyCable for their pullout of the Solar channels. They underestimated how powerful Solar is in sports programming.

Kudos to Jude and Wilson Tieng!!!

The_Big_Cat
05-27-2008, 04:45 PM
I would like to see a better "graphics design" on the PBA coverage with RPN-9/SOLAR similar to what TNT and ESPN are giving the broadcast of the NBA.

Mas magandang graphics, mas magandang coverage.

james_ty
05-27-2008, 04:47 PM
I would like to see a better "graphics design" on the PBA coverage with RPN-9/SOLAR similar to what TNT and ESPN are giving the broadcast of the NBA.

Mas magandang graphics, mas magandang coverage.


That's what Jude promised me. He said that Solar is getting state-of-the-art equipment, most especially in graphics and cameras.

A new, bigger OB van much bigger than the one being used in the PBL will also be used by Solar for its PBA coverage. Expect the logos of the league, BTV and C/S to appear there.

erichubert
05-27-2008, 05:25 PM
Ang tanong: What will happen to the PBL? I congratulate Solar for bagging the bid, I think they could approximate what ABS-CBN is offering the PBA if they try to get the help of GMA in promoting the PBA. Maganda naman ang relationship ng 2 entities, I think this could work, not necessarily plugging the games, but simply by guesting players, news coverage of games etc.

amdgc82
05-27-2008, 08:40 PM
http://kaboomphilippines.blogspot.com/2008/05/pba-chooses-solar.html

Tuesday, May 27, 2008
The PBA Chooses Solar!

There has been a lot of speculation circulating with regard to who should get the TV rights for the PBA.* Now that Solar was given the priviledge, I am posting some elements of the presentation for many to appreciate why the board decided Solar.

In my opinion, the process was already questionable with ABS-CBN being given an exclusive window to deal with the PBA.* This is why ABC5 pulled out noticing the inherent advantage of being able to negotiate exclusively.

Reach & Ratings.* This in my opinion was the biggest concern of the board.* There is an erroneous perception that Studio 23 rates higher than most channels outside 2 and 7.* Solar used actual AGB Nielsen ratings from the last 3 years which showed that RPN has better reach and ratings than Studio 23.* Overall, GMA is the clear leader with ABS in 2nd place.* QTV is in 3rd while ABC and RPN have been contesting the 4th spot all year.* Studio 23 at the time of the presentation was actually in 7th place behind the combination of all cable channels.* The latest numbers from early May had RPN in 4th place with the NBA playoffs in full swing and Studio 23 still in 7th behind the combination of all cable channels.

The board commissioned AC Nielsen to do a study in reach.* RPN was ahead of Studio 23 in Megamanila while the opposite was true in the provinces.* But overall combined, RPN was higher.* In fact, based on the surveys, Studio 23 reach in Megamanila was lower than ALL the VHF channels ABC, NBN, ABC, RPN, IBC, QTV and of course ch2 and ch7.* It was a glaring advantage that made a difference in actual reach and ratings.* The PBA also asked Mindshare, one of biggest and most respected media agencies in the world with brands like Ford, Gatorade, and Nike in their fold.* They are also the media planning agency of of Smart Communications, one of the PBA teams.* The agency overwhelmingly recommended RPN 9 over studio 23 based on their projections and data (also from AGB Nielsen).

The most convincing statistic on ratings was when Solar showed actual ratings of the one program that was shown on both RPN and Studio 23, which were the PBL games.* Ratings for the the PBL Finals in 2007 (on Ch9) more than doubled that of the the PBL Finals in 2006 (on St23).* Same program.* Different Channels.* Twice the ratings.*

Another erroneous perception that had to be dispelled by actual data was that the UAAP games rated higher than PBA or even NBA.* Actual UAAP average ratings on Studio 23 were only 1/3 that of PBA on ABC, and 1/2 of NBA on RPN.* In fact, even the cheering competition rated higher than the actual UAAP finals.* Even the boxing matches shown on Studio 23 rated lower than those that were shown on RPN.* Among sports programs, the RPN boxing slots rated the highest (outside of the Pacman fights which were even higher), followed by the PBA games on ABC, then the NBA games on RPN.* *So the UAAP, even with all the cross promotions, has never even come close to rating better than the NBA and the PBA.

So until the time ABS-CBN decides to put all the games live on Channel 2, RPN was the better network vs Studio 23 for reach and ratings based on AGB Nielsen data.* *(more reasons in the next few days)

Jomar09
05-28-2008, 12:16 AM
What I would like to hear is how the RPN-9/Solar coverage would be able to bring the PBA broadcast to Filipinos outside the Philippines?



me too...

batangueño
05-28-2008, 12:55 AM
Solar bags pro league TV rights
By Nelson Beltran
The Philippine Star (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008052799)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008


By August, the broadcast coverage of PBA games shall have gone virtually on all local TV networks as the premier cage league is again tying up with its maiden carrier RPN-9, through block-timer Solar Sports.

The PBA board of governors, in a meeting yesterday, accepted the offer of Solar Sports to be the league’s broadcast partners in the next three years – a deal reportedly worth P508 million.

PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios said the two parties will sign a memorandum of understanding in the next few days while working on the fine prints of the actual contract.

The first official PBA activity to be covered by Solar Sports is the 2008 Rookie Camp in August then the Annual Rookie Draft a few days after.

“Basically, the PBA got what it wanted. They (Solar) said yes to practically everything we asked for. Solar didn’t play hard ball despite the withdrawal of ABS-CBN. They’re very accommodating,” said Barrios.

Barrios said they were given commitment by Solar Sports to make the best possible coverage of the PBA games on RPN-9 plus bonus features or segments on Solar Sports cable channel Basketball TV (BTV).

“The plan, in general, is to make the PBA classy again. We’ll cater to the A, B and upper C classes and not just the masa. We will encompass all social classes, going through all the demographics,” said Solar Sports vice president for sales and marketing Jude Turcuato.

“It’s easy to say that we’ll make the PBA coverage more beautiful. But we’re hoping that the PBA be extra hot again with our help,” added Turcuato who had worked as marketing chief of the PBA a few years back.

Curiously, Solar Sports now has under its wings the broadcast rights of the NBA, PBL and the PBA. It has also gained the exclusive broadcast rights of the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Summer Olympics and the 2010 Calgary Winter Games.

To improve in particular the PBA games coverage, Solar Sports is said to be bringing brand-new coverage equipment worth P45 million.

amdgc82
05-28-2008, 06:13 AM
Solar via unanimous decision
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
WED MAY 28, 2008
www.businessmirror.com.ph
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THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has a new home for the next three seasons.

The board of governors unanimously picked Solar Sports as the league’s new television coveror, commissioner Sonny Barrios announced Tuesday after their meeting at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

“Only a few minor kinks have to be worked out but the board decided to choose Solar Sports as the league’s new TV coveror for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons,” Barrios told the BusinessMirror.

“For the meantime, both parties will sign a memorandum of understanding [MOU] just to move along dahil may legalistic features pa ang kontrata na dapat pag-usapan,” he added.

Among them are the terms of payment to be made by Solar Sports and the airtime contract.

Barrios refused to divulge how much the total contract is worth although there are reports the deal is close to P500 million.

“We prefer not to deal first with the amount of the contract. What we’re after is the substantial improvement that Solar Sports can bring to the coverage of the games of the PBA,” said Barrios.

The games will be aired on RPN-9 and Solar officials promised to provide state-of-the-art coverage for the next three seasons.

“First, they were elated about the board awarding them the broadcast rights. Then, they told the board members that they’ll invest on graphics and slow-mo features to uplift the PBA coverage,” Barrios said.

All of the members of the board were present except for Coca-Cola’s John Baylon, who just sent his proxy vote to Barrios through e-mail.

Solar Sports, which has been around the industry and is known for airing National Basketball Association (NBA) games on cable and local channels, were represented by their head of sales Nitoy Nocos, vice president for marketing Jude Turcuato and business development head Raul de la Cruz.

Barrios hopes the MOU would be signed by both parties within the week and the complete terms of the contract would be finalized at most three weeks from Tuesday.

With Solar Sports now officially the league’s TV coveror, Barrios said the bid of Makisig Channel would no longer be entertained, for now.

Makisig reportedly was keen to revive its bid after the withdrawal of ABS-CBN last week. The contract of the current coveror, ABC 5, will expire at the end of the ongoing Fiesta Cup.

amdgc82
05-28-2008, 06:17 AM
Solar gets it *
By: Zean Macamay*
May 28, 2008 05:40 PM Wednesday
www.journal.com.ph
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THE PBA Board of Governors yesterday finally awarded Solar Sports the league’s television rights starting next season, ending a worrying search that nearly went past a self-imposed deadline and returning to the channel that was the first to broadcast Asia’s forerunner in pro basketball.
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“The PBA got what it wanted,” said Commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios. “The Board decided to accept Solar Sports’ proposal.”
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Barrios did not give* the finer details of the deal, such as the amount of the contract. But the straight-up, three-year pact was said to be hovering in the near P500-million area with the PBA getting P160 million on Solar Sports’ first year alone. The league will then receive P168 million the following year and then will acquire P170 million during the final season, according to a source.
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No official signing was held after the Board meeting at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City. Barrios said that as of the moment, the PBA and Solar Sports will have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) until such a time that the lawyers of the respective parties have finalized details.
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“It’s a done deal,” said Barrios.
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Solar Sports thus will air the PBA games on the government-controlled Channel 9, the network that first broadcasted the games when the league began in 1975, with the channel known then as KBS-9.
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Solar Sports also became the 7th outfit to cover the PBA after KBS-9 (1975-77 and 1979-81); RBS-7, now GMA-7 (1977-79); Media Specialists, Inc./GTV-4 (1978-81); Vintage Sports (1982-1999); Viva Sports (2000-02); and ABC-5 (2003-07).
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“Well, definitely as far as Solar Sports, we’re very excited,” said Jude Tarcuato, VP for Sales and Marketing of Solar Sports. “We feel that RPN-9 is the next best thing outside of channels 2 and 7 to cover the PBA.”
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Solar Sports’ first assignment will be the Rookie Draft for the 2008-09 season set on Aug. 31, and the network has promised a comprehensive coverage that will cater to all levels.
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“The plan is, in general, to have the PBA be classy again to serve more to the A, B, and upper C classes of the society. Hindi lang pang-masa ‘yung titingnan namin kapag nag-cover kami,” said Tarcuato.
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And in order to do that, Solar Sports has vowed to bring in the needed equipment just like those being used in the NBA in the U.S.

amdgc82
05-28-2008, 06:27 AM
Solar finally lands PBA television rights
BY NOLI CORTEZ
WEDNESDAY |MAY 28, 2008
www.malaya.com.ph

FINALLY, the PBA sun has shone on Solar Sports.

The PBA board yesterday unanimously decided to grant Solar Sports the exclusive television coverage rights of the league, ending the Wilson Tieng group's series of failures to land the contract.

The fine details of the contract have yet to be threshed out, but the more salient points were approved, included a three-year pact starting with the 2008-09 season and the airing of the games on RPN-9.

"A memorandum of understanding will be signed within the week among officials of the PBA and Solar to concretize our acceptance of their offer," said PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios.

Solar also made bids for the PBA telecast in the past but was always beaten out. Already, Solar is bracing to make it the finest coverage of the games yet.

According to a Malaya source, the amount involved is hovering in the near P500-million area, with the PBA getting P160 million on the first year alone. The league will then receive P168 million the following year and P170 million during the final season.

"The plan in general is to make the PBA classy again," said Jude Torcuato, Solar VP for Sales and Marketing, who was intermittently asked questions outside the conference room during the two-hour meeting.

"We plan on attracting the A, B and upper-C viewers, not only the masa," he added.

The return of the games to RPN-9, the league's first coveror in 1975, is definitely auspicious and a plus factor, everybody in Solar agreed.

"Definitely, we're very excited," said Torcuato. "We believe RPN-9 is the next best thing outside of Channels (ABS-CBN) 2 and (GMA) 7 to cover the PBA."

Barrios declined to bare the exact amount involved, but hinted it is more than double than what ABC-5, whose TV coveror contract expires at the end of the current season, paid. ABC doled out P70 million for the final year of its three-year pact with the league.

Solar became the lone bidder after ABS-CBN withdrew from the process last Friday.

"The Board agreed Solar's offer is acceptable enough, so there was no hesitance on the governors' part to approve it," Barrios said.

Although it has long covered the PBL, it marks the first time Solar will be airing games of Asia's first professional league. To be ironed out in the next two months are the technical and operational sides of the contract, foremost of which is the guarantee of payment.

amdgc82
05-28-2008, 06:36 AM
Solar gets OK to air PBA games
By WAYLON GALVEZ
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
www.mb.com.ph

Solar Sports Entertainment Corporation has officially been chosen as the television carrier of the PBA. Solar won the award after network giant ABS-CBN withdrew from the bidding process a few days ago.

Solar, which has cable and leasing agreements with RPN-9 and other free channel stations, will broadcast the games for the next three years.

It replaces ABC 5 which opted out of the bidding following a change of management whose new programming thrust does not include sports in its premium hours.

The PBA board approved the deal during a board meeting yesterday. Solar has gained following as a sports TV station, beaming such popular events as the NBA, the US PGA Tour and several mega boxing bouts including all of Pacquiao’s past and future fights in various channels.

It also operates entertainment channels such as Jack TV, ETC and SBN.

"The board decided to accept the proposal of Solar Sports to be the TV coveror (of the PBA) for the next three years," PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios announced after a 2-hour board meeting.

"We will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) while our office and the management of Solar Sports will work on the final contract," he said.

The government-owned RPN-9 will be the station carrier of the PBA games, which will be aired on primetime during Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Out-of-town games will also be covered live.

"It’s a done deal," Barrios said.

"Wala kaming timeline sa final contract. ‘Yung MOU gagawin na namin (with consultant to the commissioner Atty. Butch Cleofe) within the week," Barrios said. "Basically the PBA got what it wants."

All members of the board, chaired by Tony Chua of Red Bull, were present during the meeting that was also attended by Solar Sports officials led by Jude Turcuato, VP for Sales and Marketing.

Barrios did not discuss the financial aspect of the contract, but sources said it’s worth about R508 million over three years – R160 million in 2008-09 PBA Season, R168 in 2009-10 and R180 in 2010-11.

Barrios said Solar Sports has purchased state-of-the-art equipment to cover the games.

Turcuato said that Solar Sports has bought the equipment that is "very similar to what the NBA is using now."

"It’s already here, it’s ready to go and it’s being tested. It’s a system than can hold up to 12 cameras," Turcuato said. "In terms of improvement, the facilities we’ll be using, all of it will be brand new."

"That’s been one of the concerns of the board, the quality of the coverage, the clarity of the signal. So Solar Sports has committed to really get the best possible equipment to cover the games," he added.

Aside from the equipment, Turcuato added that Solar Sports plans to improve the coverage, saying: "The plan is, in general, to have the PBA be classy again. To cater more to the A, B upper C again, hindi lang pang-masa ‘yung titignan namin kapag nag-cover kami."

RPN-9, according to Turcuato, will also improve its signal in the provinces, and although Solar Sports has not decided on which radio station will cover the game. He said that Sports Radio 918, also owned by the government, is "a possibility."

"We’re very excited. We feel that RPN-9 is the next best thing outside of channels 2 and 7 to cover the PBA," said Turcuato, who once worked as a PBA TV panelist and had a stint as a marketing man in the PBA during Noli Eala’s leadership.

Barrios said that Solar Sports will formally start its coverage with the Rookie Camp in preparation for the annual Rookie Draft set August 31.

The fine print, according to Barrios, will also cover situations like possible change of ownership or possible change of management – both Solar Sports and RPN-9.

"All of those will come into play in the fine print. Rest assured that both parties are dealing in good faith," he said.

By using RPN-9 as its carrying station, Solar Sports has been able to transform the network that serves sports/male type shows like the NBA, the boxing matches of Manny Pacquiao and other big time fighters, billiards events.

Solar Sports, which also covers the PBL games through its cable channel Basketball TV (BTV), has also earned the rights to televise this year’s Beijing Games and the 2012 London Olympics.

amdgc82
05-28-2008, 06:55 AM
PBA chooses Solar TV; Red Bull battles Air21
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:09:00 05/28/2008

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Basketball Association Tuesday tied the knot with a new television partner after the league’s board of governors agreed to ink a lucrative deal with Solar Sports.

The cable giant won the league over with a P498 million-offer spread over three years.

“It’s a done deal,” said PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios.

Solar’s package will plunk P160 million into the league coffers in the first year (2008-2009), P168 million in the second year and P170 million in the final year of the contract.

Solar entered crunchtime in the television rights race virtually unopposed, needing to deal only with newcomer Makisig Channel after ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. backed out of the bidding.

Barrios said the final details of the contract would be ironed out by the PBA and Solar management as well as the lawyers of both parties before presenting them to the board.

“Basically, the PBA got what it wanted,” said Barrios.

“Situations (like) possible change of ownership, possible change of management while they’re contracted with each other will be ironed out. All of those will come into play in the fine print. Rest assured that both parties are dealing in good faith,” he added.

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amdgc82
05-28-2008, 06:57 AM
Solar Sports gets three-year deal with PBA
05/28/2008
http://tribune.net.ph

With no more surprises following the withdrawal of giant network ABS-CBN, the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) board yesterday unanimously awarded its games exclusive television coverage rights to Solar Sports.

The decision also ended Wilson Tieng’s chase of the league from way back, and the league seems happy with its decision.

“The PBA got what it wanted,” Commissioner Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios said. “The Board decided to accept Solar Sports’ proposal.”

The new agreement’s timeline is up to 2011, with RPN-9 airing the PBA games on free TV. Fine details of the contract will still have to be threshed out.

Barrios also declined to bare the amount involved, but claimed it is more than double than what ABC-5, whose TV coveror contract expires at the end of the current season, had paid the league. Sources claim ABC paid the PBA P70 million in the last year of its three-year contract with the league.

According to a source, the amount is said to be hovering near the P500-million area with the PBA getting P160 million on the first year alone. The league will then receive P168 million the following year and then P170 million during the final season.

“The Board agreed Solar’s offer is acceptable enough, so there was no hesitance on the governors’ part to approve it,” Barrios said.

No official signing was held after the Board meeting at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City.

“A memorandum of understanding will be signed within the week among officials of the PBA and Solar to concretize our acceptance of their offer,” said Barrios.

The announcement came as a very welcome one for Solar, which had bid for the PBA telecast in the past but was beaten out by units such as Vintage, Viva-Vintage, NBN-4 and ABC-5.

Already, Solar is bracing to make it the finest coverage of the games yet.

“The plan in general is to make the PBA classy again,” said Jude Torcuato, Solar VP for Sales and Marketing, who was intermittently asked supplementary questions outside the conference room during the two-hour meeting.

“The plan, in general, is to have the PBA be classy again, to serve more to the A, B, and upper C classes of the society. Hindi lang pang-masa ‘yung titingnan namin kapag nag-cover kami,” said Torcuato.

batangueño
05-28-2008, 04:11 PM
Isa lang siguro ang magandang tanong ko sa PBA now that it is moving from ABC to Solar: When will the PBA leave the Cuneta Astrodome for, uhmmm, the Philsports Arena? Daming mga mandurugas sa Cuneta eh. ???

erichubert
05-28-2008, 05:52 PM
As far as I can recall, the PBA rarely plays in Cuneta, most of the games are in Araneta right? But I agree that Cuneta is probably the worst stadium to play in for the PBA, hirap na sa parking, ang pangit pa ng mga seats.

sonpudong
05-29-2008, 12:02 AM
Yesss.... Its Solar Sports....

Now im looking forward na to next season...

gameface_one
05-29-2008, 09:35 AM
Solar vows best for PBA
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Thursday, May 29, 2008
philstar.com


Now that Solar Sports has officially been awarded the telecast rights for the PBA up to three years starting next season, the story of how the bid was won can finally be told.

Solar vice president for sales and marketing Jude Turcuato said it was an uphill climb from the start.

Last February, the PBA opened discussions with ABS-CBN on the possibility of the Lopez network taking over the rights from ABC-5. ABS-CBN requested for an exclusive window to negotiate and the PBA gave in. Several meetings were held and from early indications, it appeared the PBA wouldn’t even consider an alternative.

Turcuato admitted he got nervous when word got around that the PBA was talking numbers with ABS-CBN. The same tack was taken by ABS-CBN in negotiating for the UAAP rights. ABS-CBN also got an exclusive window and after a series of meetings, the UAAP closed the door to a bidding process.

Then came the breakthrough.

ABS-CBN’s proposal was for Studio 23 to be the primary carrying station. Because Channel 2 was fully loaded with top-rating shows, it could only accommodate the PBA on a live Sunday morning timeslot and a Saturday evening replay.

When it became apparent the PBA had to adjust to ABS-CBN not the other way around, the PBA decided to look for other options. The PBA summoned ABC-5 and Solar to submit proposals on just a two-day notice last April. ABC-5 begged off because of a programming redirection, leaving only Solar to give it a shot.

“We didn’t sleep for two days,” recalled Turcuato. “But we were confident we could come across because of our experience in broadcasting sports on TV. We were committed to reinvent the PBA. We presented a very compelling re-positioning plan based on our experience and the current situation in the market. It was a complete make-over and change, the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that can give the league a boost in popularity.”

Turcuato, who has worked for the PBA and three of the top 10 corporations in the country, was inspired by his readings from the marketing best-sellers Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” and Chris Anderson’s “The Long Tail.” He learned from Gladwell the importance of tapping “connector salesmen,” “mavens” and influential opinion-makers to trigger “social epidemics” and create public perception. From Anderson, Turcuato saw the urgency of mobilizing a wide variety of media platforms and schemes to widen the PBA’s audience base.

Turcuato said Solar’s presentation to the PBA took an entire morning. The PBA didn’t call on Solar again until last Friday to iron out some details

on its proposal. That same day, ABS-CBN withdrew from the race, realizing the PBA wouldn’t agree to its terms. Last Tuesday, the PBA made it official – Solar was it.

Did money make the difference?

“Bottom line, money still matters and Solar was willing to risk more than ABS-CBN,” said Turcuato. “ABS-CBN had several meetings after offering an amount that was totally below the Board’s expectations and even below the current amount ABC-5 was giving. Only after several negotiations did ABS-CBN concede on the higher amounts. Maybe, Solar just believes in the product more.”

Turcuato said ABS-CBN’s proposal to air live PBA games on Sunday mornings was a tough chew.

“ABS-CBN wanted to play games on Sunday mornings so they could show it on Channel 2,” he went on. “Although this might be something different and even worth trying, nobody will want to watch a regular PBA game live at the venue on a Sunday morning. If a big boxing event like the ‘Invasion’ promoted through the ABS media machinery could only draw 5,000, which is about the average attendance of the PBA, it will be considerably less for a regular PBA game. A Pacquiao fight is a two-three times a year event. Having PBA games on Sunday mornings on a regular basis will not get people to skip church and family lunches.

“Solar has a solid block-time agreement with RPN-9 which gives us the flexibility to air the PBA so all games can be given priority to ensure exposure for all teams. All games will also be replayed on Basketball TV. RPN being sequestered has nothing to do with its reach and clarity. Solar has already refurbished the transmitter and uses direct satellite transmission to cable providers to make RPN as clear as any channel out there.”

Turcuato said Solar has coughed up over $1 Million to purchase new equipment for the PBA coverage, including a digital system for as many as 12 cameras each with slo-mo capability, the inscriber graphic system used in the NBA and an LED system.

“The graphics, clarity and other capabilities will be the best in the country for the PBA,” said Turcuato. “The PBA deserves only the best and they will get it.”

In Sunday’s column, Turcuato will reveal the findings of AGB Nielsen and Mindshare – the media planning agency of Smart Communications and one of the world’s biggest media outfits with accounts like Ford, Gatorade and Nike – related to reach and ratings.

As a teaser, Turcuato said: “The most convincing statistic on ratings was how the PBL Finals did when shown on RPN and Studio 23. Ratings for the PBL Finals in 2007 on RPN-9 more than doubled that of the PBL Finals in 2006 on Studio 23. Same program, different channels, twice the ratings.”

Jeep
05-29-2008, 10:07 AM
additional request to solar:

puede rin ba kayong maglagay ng maraming camera sa likod ng glass boards? and those cameras suspended on cables running the full length of the court?

maganda talaga ang epekto n'un, e, mapa-TD banknorth o the palace man siya. :D

The_Big_Cat
05-29-2008, 12:06 PM
additional request to solar:

puede rin ba kayong maglagay ng maraming camera sa likod ng glass boards? and those cameras suspended on cables running the full length of the court?

maganda talaga ang epekto n'un, e, mapa-TD banknorth o the palace man siya. :D

Yes I would like that also. A few years back the NBA coverage had even a camera embedded on the hardwood sa 3-second area. This would be fantastic if it could be pulled off.

GHRanger
05-29-2008, 12:18 PM
I think sa time slots lang panalo na Solar. ABS CBN was arrogant enough to give a take it or leave it offer to show the PBA on Sunday morning slots. ABS CBN should stick to their cheesy shows.

Congrats to Solar Sports. I hope they win future coverages for other leagues. ;)

I guess the next logical step for the PBA is to find a way to build their dream arena. In this case, magagawa lahat ng camera placements parang sa NBA. :)

batangueño
05-29-2008, 05:21 PM
Kailangan pa ba ng PBA ng dream arena nila? Unahan na lang nila siguro ang pag-book sa SM Arena kapag tapos na yun. ;)

For now, sana naman ay umalis na sila sa Cuneta. Daming mandurugas talaga doon eh.

vickster
05-29-2008, 05:48 PM
I heard that one of the biggest stumbling blocks for ABS CBN was the advertiser lockout clause, meaning they could not solicit ad revenue from competing products of PBA member teams. Moreover, the lockout extended to the full product line of the member teams, not just the team carrier product, i.e. SMC would include beer, ice cream, milk, juices, etc etc. The prospect of minimal options for ad revenue probably scared them away.

ABS' UAAP productions are quite good, though they have a tendency to oversell big games to advertisers, sacrificing the completeness of the coverage. But I believe Solar, being a sports, if not basketball, coverage specialist, will do even better. I'm sure they would devote more time and resources in improving even the minutest detail than ABS-CBN could ever do because of their product focus (in this case - the PBA), And having such a huge stake money wise doesnt really give them much of a choice but to lay it all out, and its the viewers who will benefit in the end.

james_ty
05-29-2008, 06:44 PM
I heard that one of the biggest stumbling blocks for ABS CBN was the advertiser lockout clause, meaning they could not solicit ad revenue from competing products of PBA member teams.* Moreover, the lockout extended to the full product line of the member teams, not just the team carrier product, i.e.* SMC would include beer, ice cream, milk, juices, etc etc.* The prospect of minimal options for ad revenue probably scared them away.

ABS' UAAP productions are quite good, though they have a tendency to oversell big games to advertisers, sacrificing the completeness of the coverage.* But I believe Solar, being a sports, if not basketball, coverage specialist, will do even better.* I'm sure they would devote more time and resources in improving even the minutest detail than ABS-CBN could ever do because of their product focus (in this case - the PBA),* And having such a huge stake money wise doesnt really give them much of a choice but to lay it all out, and its the viewers who will benefit in the end.


Not only that, the Sunday morning (at 10:30 am) games also turned off the PBA board. ABS-CBN felt that if their boxing bouts would do well in the Sunday morning time slot, then it would work with the PBA. But no dice. Besides, one of ABS-CBN's bouts featured Oscar de la Hoya -- a fighter who was way past its prime. Naturally, the fight bit the dust in the ratings against GMA's Dyesebel marathon.

batangueño
05-29-2008, 06:57 PM
Except when the game is a live NBA game from the US (Of course, all of us in the Western Pacific region have to adjust to the time difference with the US), who in the world wants to watch a basketball game on that time slot? Masyadong minamaliit ng ABS-CBN ang PBA by giving it such kind of a time slot because mas importante pa sa kanila ang The Buzz at ang palabas ni Koring (na pareho namang talunan sa ratings). >:(

Kahit siguro si Susan Enriquez lang katapat sa GMA, siguradong talo pa din ang tatapat na ABS-CBN show, be it the PBA or not.

stonecold316
05-29-2008, 07:52 PM
Congrats sa Solar for winning the bid. I'm sure mas maganda ang coverage ng PBA with them at the helm.

stonecold316

amdgc82
05-30-2008, 07:41 AM
http://kaboomphilippines.blogspot.com/2008/05/cross-promotions.html

Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Cross Promotions

This is the second in a series of posts on reasons why the board practically unanimously voted for Solar vs ABS-CBN.

Promotions.* ABS-CBN's supposed strong suit is their ability to cross promote across their media platforms.* I think many don't realize that Solar also operates 3 free to air (1VHF, 2 UHF) channels and 3 cable channels.* The ability to cross promote on ETC, 2nd Ave., Solar Sports, Basketball TV, and Jack TV along with the live showings on RPN Channel 9 is still pretty powerful.* Each channel cuts across different demographics and can really expand the base of PBA fans.* Based on agency negotiation rates, Solar offered over Php 200M worth of cross promotions spread across its 6 channels.

BTV and Solar Sports are still by far the two highest rated sports channels in the country and both cater to the core fans of the league.* BTV is also the perfect venue for replays of the games and additional footage outside of the games like press conferences, practices, and events.* Solar has proven that they can promote sports with the NBA, World Class Boxing, Poker, Mixed Martial Arts, the World Cup, PGA Golf and now the Olympics reaching their pinnacle of awareness because of the network's efforts.*

Outside of the UAAP basketball games, Studio 23 really has NOT succeeded in its sports promotions with properties like the PBL and the MBA games failing to get the desired results despite utilizing the full media machinery of ABS-CBN.* Mixing showbizness and sports doesn't always work as the PBA found out in the coverage before ABC5 took over during the VIVA days.* The UAAP popularity is as much a result of Ateneo becoming a contender as the promotions of ABS-CBN.* The UAAP was already selling out ADMU-DLSU and Final Four games before ABS started their coverage.* The fact ADMU-DLSU was also a final four or finals matchup helped incredibly.* When DLSU was suspended two years ago, revenues and attendance and ratings went down for Studio 23 despite the supposed cross promotions.* I don't have access to ratings from the 90's but I have a feeling the ratings back then when Silverstar was covering it, was not that far from* the ratings now.

Solar has proven it can build sports properties and make it bigger and better than it was before the network came into the picture.* The popularity of Solar properties are at an all time high with the NBA, PGA Golf, Boxing, Poker, MMA, Soccer (World Cup), and even the smaller leagues and sports. (more reasons to come)

Posted by Judester at 2:08 AM*

amdgc82
05-30-2008, 07:44 AM
http://kaboomphilippines.blogspot.com/2008/05/more-reasons-to-choose-solar.html

Thursday, May 29, 2008
More Reasons to Choose Solar

I forwarded most of what I've written to Quinito Henson and he's agreed to publish most of this stuff on his column for the Philippines Star.* I'm adding two more reasons for this post.

Timeslot.* ABS wants to play the games on Sunday morning so they can show it on channel 2.* Although this might be something different and even worth trying, nobody will want to watch a regular PBA game live at the venue on Sunday morning.* If a big boxing event like the "Invasion" promoted through the ABS media machinery can only draw 5,000, which is about the average attendance of the PBA, it will be considerably less for a regular PBA game.* A Pacquiao fight is a 2-3 times a year event.* Having PBA games on Sunday mornings on a regular basis will not get people to skip church and family lunches on Sundays.

Solar has a solid blocktime agreement with RPN 9 which gives the outfit the flexibility to air the PBA games so all games will be given priority on the channel to ensure the exposure for the teams.* All games will also be replayed on Basketball TV.

Positioning. * Solar presented a very compelling re-positioning plan for the league and its coverage based on experience and the current situation in the market.* It is a complete makeover and change from how the current coverage was being handled.* It is the kind of out of the box thinking that can give the league a boost in popularity using principles from recent bestsellers like "The Tipping Point" and "The Long Tail".* It goes beyond showbiz cross promotions and a morning time slot.* It touches on "social epidemics" and how the PBA has to attract the select few who influence the lives and mold perceptions of the masses. Solar will bring class back to the league and attract all social classes again, not just the lower class.* *(one more post on this topic after this).

Posted by Judester at 1:10 AM*

The_Big_Cat
05-30-2008, 12:25 PM
I wonder kung sino yung nag endorse ng sunday morning PBA games? I am pretty sure he is more of a boxing fan rather than a basketball fan.

Bottomline, ABS-CBN is not willing to sacrifice its channel 2 outfit. "Sasakalin" lang nila ang PBA if they won the coverage.

OT: Remember Tony Calvento from the "Calvento Files"? That show ran in IBC-13 and it was lured by ABS-CBN in the 90s. It was a blockbuster show (dramatic re-enactments of gruesome crimes). After a few years, ABS-CBN fired Tony Calvento and replace him with Fred Lim. The show was renamed to "Katapat, Fred Lim". Calvento filed a lawsuit and lost. Unfortunately for Tony, he did not "patent" the show. "Unethical" yung nangyari because kinuha nila from Tony Calvento yung concept.

james_ty
05-30-2008, 12:39 PM
I wonder kung sino yung nag endorse ng sunday morning PBA games? I am pretty sure he is more of a boxing fan rather than a basketball fan.

Bottomline, ABS-CBN is not willing to sacrifice its channel 2 outfit. "Sasakalin" lang nila ang PBA if they won the coverage.

OT: Remember Tony Calvento from the "Calvento Files"? That show ran in IBC-13 and it was lured by ABS-CBN in the 90s. It was a blockbuster show (dramatic re-enactments of gruesome crimes). After a few years, ABS-CBN fired Tony Calvento and replace him with Fred Lim. The show was renamed to "Katapat, Fred Lim". Calvento filed a lawsuit and lost. Unfortunately for Tony, he did not "patent" the show. "Unethical" yung nangyari because kinuha nila from Tony Calvento yung concept.


I believe that it was Ronnie Nathanielsz. You know him, he is knowledgable about boxing.

He got the idea for the Sunday morning boxing bouts because of his experience covering Pacquiao's fights for the network before.

pio_valenz
05-30-2008, 01:13 PM
Thank you, Lord, for answering my prayers.

amdgc82
05-31-2008, 06:23 AM
http://kaboomphilippines.blogspot.com/2008/05/more-solar-advantages.html

Thursday, May 29, 2008
More Solar Advantages

Equipment.* Solar just purchased a brand new digital 6 (Sony) camera system used by the NBA to cover the games.* The system can take in as much as 12 cameras* and is capable of capturing slow motion in all cameras as opposed to only 1 slomo camera used in all of today's local coverages.* It also will have the inscriber graphic system which is the same they use in the U.S. basketball coverages.* The Sony digital cameras should also improve the clarity of signal when watched on television.

Studio 23 will most likely use the same equipment they use for the UAAP, which is the same used for the MBA.* That system is about 10 years old and although it is adequate, a lot of innovations have happened the last decade since.

A new LED system will also be installed to upgrade the current system on court being used by ABC5.* Animations and other new features will now be available for the a better and more exciting coverage.

So the graphics, clarity, and other capabilities will be the best in the country if the PBA chooses Solar.* The PBA deserves only the best and they will get it.

Experience.* Solar has a proven sales team that can generate the revenues.* It is composed of many sales people from Vintage who generated the most tv sales for the league in its history.* The sales and marketing team also has experience from companies like ABS-CBN, GMA7, Globe Telecom, San Miguel Corporation, Ayala Corporation, Nike Philippines and MTV.* I, for one have also worked for the PBA knowing a lot of the needs of the league on how to improve things.* I also have experience working for 3 of the top 10 corporations in the country (San Miguel, Ayala Corp, ABS-CBN) so learnings from that can add to making the partnership successful.*

The Solar team also has worked closely with the NBA visiting their studios in New Jersey and has attended many NBA world class events like the NBA Allstar games and Finals where learnings can be transferred to the PBA.* The experience with working with the biggest basketball league in the world is invaluable.

As far as production goes, many from the current team came from Vintage and ABS-CBN as well.* So whether in front or behind the camera, the PBA will get the most experienced and talented crew for the games.* Production talent is not exclusive to any one network.* The best people want to work for the best properties and Solar will hire the best for the PBA.* The Solar team from production to marketing to sales to programming has as much experience if not more when it comes to sports broadcasting compared to other groups out there.

Posted by Judester at 11:38 PM

amdgc82
05-31-2008, 06:25 AM
Solar sates fans' PBA hunger
SATURDAY |MAY 31, 2008
www.malaya.com.ph

OFFICIALS of the new television coveror of the PBA assured a bigger and better coverage of Asia's first ever play-for-pay league starting with its 2008-09 season.

Aside from carrying PBA games both on cable through Basketball TV (BTV) and free TV, on RPN-9, Solar Sports promises basketball fans a total of 10 hours of cage viewing per playing day.

"Solar guarantees an extensive coverage of the PBA, especially in the provinces," said Rely San Agustin, marketing manager of Solar as he appeared in yesterday's SCOOP sa Kamayan in Padre Faura, Manila, together with Juanito Nocos, Solar Sports' vice-president for sales.

The sports entertainment corporation recently acquired the television rights of the PBA for the next three years worth P500 million. The league's pact with present coveror ABC-5 is set to expire by the end of the season.

Nocos added in the session sponsored by Accel that Solar is set to add 50,000 watts to its signal to make the coverage of the games more accessible nationwide.

"With better signal, basketball fans all over the country will have better access to the league," Nocos pointed out.

Under the new setup, Wednesday and Friday games are going to be aired from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on RPN-9, with replays on BTV from 10 p.m.

"At least those who failed to see the games earlier will have the chance to see it again on the same day," Nocom said.

Sunday games will be from 4-9 p.m. on RPN, followed by the replay on BTV from 9 p.m.

The_Big_Cat
05-31-2008, 12:21 PM
I hope that Solar Sports/RPN-9 could implement a computer-generate graphics of the game clock and the shot clock on the TV screen like what TNT and ESPN has done with the NBA games. And get rid off the camera still shot of the game clock.

amdgc82
06-01-2008, 06:31 AM
Setting record straight
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Sunday, June 1, 2008
http://philstar.com

As lead negotiator in Solar Sports’ bid for the PBA TV rights, Jude Turcuato said it was critical to debunk the perception that ABS-CBN’s Studio 23 rates higher than most channels (other than 2 and 7) before coming forward with a presentation.

ABS-CBN and Solar Sports were the protagonists in the battle for the telecast rights. ABS-CBN proposed to air the PBA on Studio 23 with a Saturday evening slot for a replay and a Sunday morning slot for a live game on Channel 2. Solar Sports offered to air the PBA on RPN with replays on Basketball TV.

Turcuato said in his opinion, the biggest concern of the PBA Board was reach and ratings. The PBA, in fact, commissioned AC Nielsen to do a study on reach. It also asked Mindshare, one of the largest media agencies in the world, for inputs.

“I wasn’t privy to the Nielsen and Mindshare findings but we all use the same data anyway,” said Turcuato. “We looked at actual AGB Nielsen ratings over the last three years and it showed RPN has wider reach and higher ratings than Studio 23. Overall, GMA is the clear leader with ABS in second place. QTV is third while ABC and RPN have been contesting fourth spot all year.* Studio 23, at the time of the presentation, was actually in seventh place behind the combination of all cable channels. The latest numbers from early May had RPN in fourth place with the NBA playoffs in full swing and Studio 23 still in seventh.”

Turcuato said RPN was ahead of Studio 23 in mega Manila while the opposite was true in the provinces. But overall, RPN was higher.

“Based on the surveys, Studio 23’s reach in mega Manila was lower than all the VHF channels ABC, NBN, ABC, RPN, IBC and QTV and of course, Channels 2 and 7,” continued Turcuato. “It was a glaring advantage that made a difference in actual reach and ratings. Mindshare overwhelmingly recommended RPN over Studio 23 based on projections and data, also from AGB Nielsen.”

Mindshare is the media planning agency of Smart Communications and some of its accounts are Ford, Gatorade and Nike.


* * *
“Another erroneous perception that had to be dispelled by actual data was the UAAP games rate higher than the PBA or even the NBA,” Turcuato went on. “Actual UAAP average ratings on Studio 23 were only 1/3 of the PBA on ABC and 1/2 of the NBA on RPN. Even the cheering competition rated higher than the actual UAAP finals. The boxing matches shown on Studio 23 rated lower than those shown on RPN. Among sports programs, RPN’s boxing shows rated higher (aside from the Pacquiao fights which were even higher), followed by the PBA on ABC then the NBA on RPN. So the UAAP, even with all the cross promotions, has never even come close to rating higher than the NBA and PBA.”

Turcuato added that when La Salle was suspended from competing in the UAAP for a year, the league suffered declines in ratings, revenues and attendance. “So the La Salle-Ateneo rivalry fuels the UAAP more than ABS’ cross promotions,” he noted.

The conclusion? Turcuato hit the nail on the head when he said, “Until the time ABS-CBN decides to put all the PBA games live on Channel 2, RPN will always be the better network versus Studio 23 for reach and ratings based on AGB Nielsen data.”

Turcuato pointed out that Solar operates three free-to-air (one VHF, two UHF)* and three cable channels. “The ability to cross promote on ETC, 2nd Avenue, Solar Sports, Basketball TV and Jack TV along with the live showing on RPN is beyond question,” he said. “Each channel cuts across different demographics and can really expand the base of PBA fans. Based on agency negotiation rates, we are offering over P200 million worth of cross promotions spread across its six channels.”

Turcuato said Solar has proved it can build sports properties, citing examples such as the NBA, boxing, poker, mixed martial arts and soccer, among others.

“BTV and Solar Sports are still by far the two highest-rated sports channels in the country and both cater to the core fans of the PBA,” he declared. “BTV is also the perfect venue for replays and additional footage outside the games like press conferences, practices and events. Outside of the UAAP, Studio 23 has not succeeded in sports promotions with properties like the PBL and MBA failing to get the desired results despite utilizing ABS-CBN’s full media machinery. Mixing show business and sports doesn’t always work as the PBA also tried it in the coverage before ABC took over. The UAAP popularity is as much a result of Ateneo becoming a contender as the promotions within the channel.”


* * *
Turcuato said Solar chairman Wilson Tieng has pledged to back up the PBA coverage all the way.

“Management is very excited about the PBA which we consider a major property,” said Turcuato. “Solar is mobilizing all its resources to make sure the PBA is profitable on TV. I don’t foresee any conflict in Solar owning the rights for the NBA, PBA and PBL. NBA games are shown live in the morning while the PBA is on prime time during days when the PBL isn’t playing. The properties are mutually reinforcing and the benefit for advertisers is we can offer packages that cut across the markets of our properties.”

ABS-CBN withdrew from the race two Fridays back when it became apparent the PBA wouldn’t agree to its terms, particularly on the proposed airing slots on the primary carrying station and Channel 2.

Last Tuesday, the PBA officially awarded the rights to Solar for the next three years.

“Solar has a proven sales team that can generate the revenues,” said Turcuato. “We have also worked closely with the NBA, visiting their studios in New Jersey and gaining a lot of experience being in the All-Star Weekend and Finals where lessons may be transferred to the PBA. The experience of working with the world’s biggest basketball league is invaluable.

“As for production, many from the ABC team came from Vintage and ABS-CBN. Whether in front or behind the cameras, the PBA will get the most experienced and talented crew from Solar. Production talent is not exclusive to any one network. The best people want to work for the best properties and Solar will hire the best for the PBA. The Solar group from production to marketing to sales to programming has as much experience if not more when it comes to sports broadcasting compared to other groups out there.”

paul0220
06-01-2008, 11:08 AM
Why ask Mr Torcuato when he is with Solar. Ask AC Nielsen directly on the ratings of which has more viewers.

bchoter
06-02-2008, 07:41 PM
I hope Kaboom! gets behind the mike as well, like he does in the PBL.

Howard the Duck
06-02-2008, 11:05 PM
Why ask Mr Torcuato when he is with Solar. Ask AC Nielsen directly on the ratings of which has more viewers.

as if maniniwala ang mga kapamilya dyan ;D

amdgc82
06-04-2008, 07:16 AM
June 04, 2008 07:18 PM Wednesday* *
Solar upbeat about PBA future
www.journal.com.ph

THE incoming television coveror of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) doesn’t mind forging a three-year partnership worth millions with a league perceived by some to have lost its luster.
* *
At the end of the day, according to Solar Sports official Jude Turcuato, Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league remains as the undisputed top sports entertainment in the country.
* *
“Despite the perception na bumagsak ang PBA, in terms of ratings, mas mataas pa rin ang PBA than any other sports in town, be it the NBA, the UAAP, NCAA and others.
* *
“Even in ticket sales and attendance, PBA remains on top. And these are paying fans who are there to watch their favorite players and teams,” said Turcuato, citing surveys and figures made by at least two independent media agencies about the viability and popularity of the* 34-year-old pro league.
* *
The Solar Sports vice-president for sales marketing was at the PSA Forum yesterday at the Shakey’s U.N. Avenue branch, exactly a week after Solar Entertainment clinched a three year deal to be the new television partner of the PBA.
* *
The contract hovered close to P500 million and immediately starts during the annual PBA Rookie Draft that formally kicks off the league’s 2008-09 season.
* *
While it is taking over ABC-5, the tv coveror of the PBA for the past five years, Turcuato said Solar is looking at carrying on the legacy left by the station owned by Tony Boy Cojuangco.* * *

amdgc82
06-04-2008, 07:18 AM
Solar says P500M PBA pact worth it
www.malaya.com.ph

SOLAR Sports, the new television franchise holder of the pro league, is convinced its three-year partnership with the PBA will be worth it.

At the end of the day, according to Solar Sports official Jude Turcuato, Asia's first ever play-for-pay league remains as the undisputed top sports entertainment vehicle in the country.

"Despite the perception na bumagsak ang PBA, in terms of ratings, mas mataas pa rin ang PBA than any other sports in town, be it the NBA, the UAAP, NCAA and others.

"Even in ticket sales and attendance, the PBA remains on top. And these are paying fans who are there to watch their favorite players and teams," said Turcuato, citing surveys and figures made by at least two independent media agencies about the viability and popularity of the 34-year-old pro league.

Turcuato, Solar Sports' vice-president for sales marketing, graced the PSA Forum yesterday at the Shakey's UN Ave., exactly a week after Solar Entertainment clinched a three-year deal to be the new television partner of the PBA.

The contract hovers close to P500 million and immediately starts during the annual PBA Rookie Draft that formally kicks off the league's 2008-09 season.

Turcuato said Solar intends to build on the legacy to left by ABC-5, the outfit airing the PBA Fiesta Conference.

"We want to build on the same ABC 5 coverage," said the part-time sports broadcaster in the public service program sponsored by Shakey's, Pagcor, Accel, Brickroad gym and Aspen Spa and MedCentral Medical Clinics and Diagnostic Center.

"In fairness to them, ABC-5 has really done a great job covering the league the past few years. They were able to bring the league closer to the masses. So what we want to do is add something that hasn't been done, and that is to try to capture the A, B and C crowds."

Live PBA games will be aired over RPN-9 on its usual time slot every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and have an immediate replay over Basketball TV on the same day.

The Basketball TV coverage also includes footage and stories behind the camera such as dugout interviews, in-depth analysis and post game press conferences with coaches and players.

Gearing to upgrade its coverage on the technical side, Turcuato said Solar Sports has purchased new television equipment for clearer and better reception of PBA and PBL games.

With the PBA coming on board, Solar now airs three of the most watched and most followed basketball leagues in the country after the PBL and the NBA.

Turcuato doesn't see the three basketball leagues overlapping with each other.

"They actually complement one another. NBA games are mostly shown in the morning while the PBA is in the evening. The PBL usually holds its games on days where the PBA has no playing schedule," he added.

gameface_one
06-04-2008, 09:52 AM
Solar Sports upbeat over PBA coverage



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

The PBA is still the No. 1 sports entertainment in the country.


This was the assessment of a top Solar Sports executive whose firm recently acquired the television broadcasting rights for the PBA for P508 million over a three-year period beginning next year.

Jude Turcuato, Solar Sports Vice resident for Sales and Marketing said yesterday that his TV outfit is excited to start working with the PBA despite the perception by some quarters that the league’s popularity has diminished.

"Surveys show na mas mataas pa rin ang ratings ng PBA sa NBA, UAAP, NCAA and others," Turcuato said yesterday’s PSA Forum.

"In terms of actual ratings, ticket sales and attendance, mas mataas pa rin ang PBA," Turcuato said.

Solar Sports will televise the PBA games over the government-owned network RPN 9 as well as its cable channel Basketball TV or BTV.

According to Turcuato, Solar Sports plans to have PBA-related shows patterned after the NBA’s Inside Stuff and NBA Action.

"We’re not only going to concentrate on the game itself, but BTV will also offer stories behind the camera like dugout interviews, post game press conferences with coaches and players," he said.

"But I guess the best way right now is to put up a basketball program that is not only about the PBA, but basketball in general since we already have a lot of (basketball) properties right now."

Aside from the NBA, Solar Sports also broadcasts the PBL games as well as tournaments in Europe and FIBA-sanctioned events.

Solar Sports will also feature the June 28 fight of boxer Manny Pacquiao against David Diaz, football’s Euro League and the Beijing Olympics.

"The coverage of the Olympics will be 24/7. Lahat ng may sports na may Filipino athletes ipapalabas natin," Turcuato said, adding that Solar Sports also won the rights to telecast the 2012 London Games.

amdgc82
06-07-2008, 07:35 AM
http://kaboomphilippines.blogspot.com/2008/06/its-always-good-to-clarify.html

Thursday, June 5, 2008
It's Always Good to Clarify

This post is actually a clarification on a point published in a previous post and included in Quinito Henson's article.* I can take it back since I should have classified it as a personal opinion rather than truth.* Mindshare wanted some sort of retraction from the statement "overwhelmingly recommended" since according to them, they did not recommend a channel one way or another.* Maybe ABS-CBN is on their case about it.

I based that statement from the following article last May 27 written by Ronnie Nathanielsz, at the Manila Standard stating projections by Mindshare... "It was also reported that if the PBA games were aired on RPN-9, they would rate around 7.5 percent while if aired on Studio 23 they would rate around 1.8 percent."* In my opinion, if your projection is for a channel to rate over four (4) times more than another network, it is practically a recommendation.

So my apologies to Mindshare if the statement caused undue strife. I did not mean to put words in their mouth.

Posted by Judester at 2:50 AM*

a_ron
09-01-2008, 11:15 PM
Watched the draft last Sunday sa RPN 9 here in Cebu WOW what the the signal is worse and the sounds id not that clear, to solar sport try to have a independent survey here in Cebu for you to know the feedback of the PBA fans down here in the south,if this kind of coverage i think the cebuana will prefered to play BINGO than to waTCH PBA in RPN..

james_ty
12-02-2010, 01:32 PM
http://www.inquirer.net/sports/articles/Solar-TV-giving-up-PBAcoverage.html

Solar Sports is looking for a TV network that is willing to take over coverage of the PBA games in the next two conferences of the on-going 2010-2011 season following a reported decision by Solar TV to totally reformat its programming on RPN 9.

The Inquirer learned that Solar TV is also planning to move its NBA and boxing shows out of Channel 9 but whether or not these shows will be offered to other networks is unclear at this time.

Sources said Solar Sports is looking for a third party to take over the coverage of the PBA’s games and provide the airtime for the telecast of the games on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and out-of-town games on Saturdays.

Solar Sports executives headed by CEO Peter Chanliong are expected to hold discussions with ABS-CBN on Thursday followed by meetings with GMA 7 and ABC 5.

However, the Lopez network, which currently telecasts both the UAAP and NCAA games, is unlikely to enter into any agreement to assume the coverage for the remaining two PBA conferences unless Solar also turns over its optional rights at the end of the current franchise to ABS-CBN.

The Lopez network is unlikely to accept a takeover unless the PBA board of governors guarantees ABS-CBN a longer term contract which would make an investment in the pro league coverage viable and worthwhile.

Commissioner Chito Salud said “no formal notice has been received by the PBA office regarding this matter,” adding “that in any event the primary concern of the board is to make sure that the PBA games will continue to be aired for the rest of the contract of Solar.”

The franchise fee for the 2010-11 season amounts to P170 million. -- Ronnie Nathanielsz, Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 2, 2010

The_Big_Cat
02-07-2011, 09:48 AM
PBA set to okay Studio 23 telecast
By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) Updated February 07, 2011 12:00 AM Comments (3) View comments

MANILA, Philippines - The PBA board of governors convenes today to decide on key issues, including the plan of its official TV coveror, Solar Sports, to transfer the telecast of PBA games from RPN-9 to Studio-23 in the season’s last two conferences.

Solar Sports is awaiting the PBA board’s approval.

The number of teams competing in the inaugural PBA Developmental League will also be finalized in the same meeting set at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

The board is likely to approve the broadcast transfer to Studio-23 since it has no other choice in the absence of available timeslot on major VHF channels.

“We have to make a decision due to time constraints. We can’t delay it since the second conference opens in less than two weeks,” said board chairman Rene Pardo.

“We will make a decision that is favorable to PBA as a whole,” Pardo added.

Solar Sports is forced to bring the PBA telecast over to Studio-23 since RPN-9 is reformatting its programs, going heavy on news and current affairs.

TV-5, owned by Talk n Text and Meralco owner Manny Pangilinan, bids to take over the production but couldn’t offer its primetime occupied by the “Willing Willie” show.

Solar Sports won’t cede either its RPN-9 timeslot to TV-5.

“What’s left is IBC-13 which is unacceptable to the PBA,” said a STAR source.

“Much as the board wants to accede to the PBA team owners’ instruction for the league to stick with VHF, the board may have no choice but to say yes to UHF,” the same source added.

That’s for the duration of the league’s three-year contract with Solar Sports ending at the close of the 2010-11 season.

Meanwhile, San Beda is the latest team to express intention to play in the PBA D-League.

The prospective participants sit down in a meeting with PBA officials this afternoon.

Majority of the 12 teams which expressed interest are likely to pursue their participation in the D-League set to be launched in March.

In another PBA exercise this afternoon, PBA operations chief Rickie Santos supervises the conduct of the dispersal draft among Barako Bull players.

Only a few players, however, can find takers with the surplus of players in the league today.

“Di siguro, baka makagulo pa,” said Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes when asked if he’s drafting any player.

Derby Ace coach Jorge Gallent and Air21 team manager Allan Gregorio said they would take a look at Pong Escobal and Marvin Cruz, respectively.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=655081&publicationSubCategoryId=69



How would the transfer of the PBA coverage to Studio23 affect the scheduled telecast of the NCAA and UAAP?

PBA 2nd conference is from February to May while the 3rd Conference is from May to August. Playdates are Wednesday-Friday 5PM to 9PM and Sunday 4PM to 8PM.

The NCAA starts late June and will wind up around mid-October with playdates of Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays 2PM to 6PM. While the UAAP starts first week of July and ends in late September with playdates Thursdays-Saturdays-Sundays 2PM to 6PM.

oca
02-07-2011, 02:24 PM
^
Palagay ko---

Studio 23 will probably ask the 2 collegiate leagues to start their games at least an hour early, 1pm i/o 2pm. Then, the PBA moves its first game to 6:00pm. That way, in case there are overtime games at the NCAA or UAAP, the telecast won't encroach into the time slot of the PBA.

The PBA cannot insists on keeping their traditional skeds considering that the NCAA and UAAP have prior contracts with Studio 23. PBA ang bagong salta, sila ang makibagay.

Papayag ba ang 2 collegiate league na baguhin ang dati nilang 2pm first game schedule? Mahirap yata hulaan kung ano ang magiging desisyon ng Management committees ng 2 liga.

Teka, yung contract ba sa pagitan ng S23 at ng 2 collegiate league ay may nakasaad na oras ng telecast? Kung may stipulated or indicated time, pwedeng magmatigas ang collegiate leagues.Kung wala, then mas madali ang usapan, imo.

Pizza Guy
02-09-2011, 10:59 AM
Gone are the PBA replays in BTV then.

PBA replays would also be in Balls then?

pio_valenz
02-09-2011, 01:06 PM
I think meron pa din sa BTV. AFAIK, walang role ang ABS-CBN Sports sa PBA broadcast, at least for the reamidner of the season. Solar Sports will still do the production and broadcasting of the games, meaning sina Mico Halili pa din ang mga commentators, etc. Naka block time lang ang Solar sa Studio 23.

Jeep
02-14-2011, 04:53 PM
sir pio, i guess pizza guy's question is more about what happens to solar's production after the current PBA season ends in june or july (?). in other words, by october or november, when the new PBA season kicks in, who'll do the production then?

'coz i for one will take mico halili, sev sarmenta, jason webb, et al. -- HANDS DOWN -- over boom gonzales, TJ manotoc ANY OLD DAY. ;) the only ABS-CBN talents that are OK in my book are bill velasco and butch maniego (i.e., the NCAA crew).

pio_valenz
02-15-2011, 02:15 PM
The PBA will open it up for bidding once the season is over. Solar has indicated it will no longer bid for the broadcasting rights once their current contract ends after the third conference, so I'm not sure what will become of the Solar sportscasting crew. but it's highly likely that whoever will win the bidding will retain most of the current anchors and analysts. ganun naman ang nangyari when the broadcasting went from ABC5 to Solar.

Spoke with some ABS-CBN peeps earlier today and the issue of the PBA schedule running right smack into the UAAP and NCAA broadcast was brought up. from what I gathered, for college basketball, most likely it will be the PBA that will give way since they are the blocktimers. Exactly how, no one is sure yet. But for UAAP volleyball, baka mapaaga ang broadcast kasi opening na ng PBA later this week.

james_ty
02-21-2011, 03:03 PM
sir pio, i guess pizza guy's question is more about what happens to solar's production after the current PBA season ends in june or july (?). in other words, by october or november, when the new PBA season kicks in, who'll do the production then?

'coz i for one will take mico halili, sev sarmenta, jason webb, et al. -- HANDS DOWN -- over boom gonzales, TJ manotoc ANY OLD DAY. ;) the only ABS-CBN talents that are OK in my book are bill velasco and butch maniego (i.e., the NCAA crew).


Bill and Butch covered the PBA games before for Vintage. BTW, Butch is the tournament director for the PBA D-League.