June 28, 2013
The PBA set a record-high attendance of 23,436 and TV viewership that peaked to four million viewers or 31.2 percent audience share [during the fourth quarter] last May 19 for Game 3 of the Cebuana Lhuillier PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between the Alaska Aces and the Brgy. Ginebra Kings at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (File Photo/Paolo Papa).
MANILA, Philippines – The PBA and its TV partner Sports5 are in stalemate after the league’s Board of Governors failed to reach a decision on the latest proposal to air the games on IBC-13 and UHF channel AksyonTV with parallel live. Under the latest proposal presented to the board on Thursday afternoon, all the games will be aired live on IBC-13. But Sports5 threw in a parallel broadcast plan with live coverage of both the Sunday double-header. “When Sports5, PBA and IBC agreed to by the terms and provisions of the broadcast contract, particularly on the reach and signal strength of the carrying station,” PBA Commissioner Chito Salud told Philstar.com after the meeting. Salud also said that parties will meet again for the government-owned sequestered TV-radio network IBC-13.
PBA games along with IBC Sports’s other sports properties such as the NBA, ONE FC and boxing matches were carried by IBC-13 with the government-owned station as plans to privatization.