PBA on Sports5

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PBA on Sports5
Also known as PBA on AKTV (2011-13)
Format Sports
Developed by Sports5
Starring various PBA on Sports5 commentators
Country of origin Philippines
Original language(s) mostly in English, Filipino
Production
Running time varies
Broadcast
Original channel Sports5 on TV5
(see broadcast history for details)
Original run October 2, 2011 – present
Chronology
Preceded by PBA on Solar Sports
Related shows PBA on ABC/TV5

The PBA on Sports5 (formerly known as the PBA on AKTV) is the presentation of Philippine Basketball Association basketball games which started in the 2011-12 season.[1][2] Telecasts are produced by Sports5, the sports division of ABC Development Corporation, and aired through TV5 and simulcasted on AksyonTV. Also, there is a separate coverage in English commentary every Wednesdays on Fox Sports Philippines which was started on November 20, 2013.

TV5, which was formerly known as the Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC), previously handled the coverage of the games from 2004 to 2008.

Presentation[edit]

History[edit]

PBA on AKTV logo used in October 2011. The last AKTV on IBC-13 block to expired in May 2013 due to high airtime costs, restructuring AKTV into Sports5. It was replaced by IBC programming.

From October 2011 to May 2013, the coverage was known as PBA on AKTV, which is in turn aired on IBC-13.This is the third time that the PBA will be aired on IBC. The first was from 1996-2002 when Vintage Sports and later Viva Sports handled the television coverage. In 2003, IBC was one of two networks (the other being NBN) that covered the PBA but ended before the season ended due to the failure of the consortium.

After TV5 decided not to renew their blocktime agreement with IBC upon its expiration by May 2013, the broadcast coverage of the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was temporarily transferred to TV5 with simulcasts with AksyonTV, the news TV network of TV5.[3][4]

Sports5 proposed to move the coverage of the PBA games to their sister channel AksyonTV starting with the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup.[5] The league rejected this move since the contract between them and Sports5 states the league should be aired on a VHF channel. Sports5 then offered to air the second game of a doubleheader playdate on their main TV network TV5, one hour after the first game finishes, with the first game to be aired on a delayed basis after the second game (similar on what Vintage Sports did to the coverage of the PBA Games from 1982 to 1986). However, both games will be aired live on AksyonTV. This proposal was denied by the PBA Board of Governors since this violates the terms of their contract with Sports5.[6]

The broadcast of the games returned to IBC for the duration of the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup (up to the semifinal round) as a compromise after the PBA disagreed to Sports5's request to permanently transfer the coverage to TV5 and/or Aksyon TV.[7] The finals series for Governors' Cup were aired live on TV5.

On November 2013, Sports5 and Fox Sports Asia have entered in an agreement to air the Wednesday PBA games live on the cable channel. It will have its own English speaking broadcast panel to properly cater the cable channel's audience.[8]

For the 2013-14 Philippine Cup eliminations, the games were aired on the following schedule:[9]

Game day TV5 AksyonTV Fox Sports Asia (Wednesdays only)
Weekdays First Game: Delayed (11PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
Saturdays First Game: Live (3:30PM)
Second Game: n/a
First Game: Live (3:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
none
Sundays First Game: Live (3:00PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
First Game: Live (3:00PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
none

The schedule for the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup has been slightly changed starting March 17, 2014, having both the Saturday doubleheader games now being aired live on TV5. To maximize the weekday airtime schedule of TV5, there will be one scheduled game during Mondays and Wednesdays:[10] The simulcast at AksyonTV however is now discontinued.[11] The weekday live airing of the games was returned on starting March 26[12] after several PBA fans reacted negatively about the delayed airing of the first game.[13] The following schedule was also applied for the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup.

Game day TV5 AksyonTV Fox Sports Asia (Wednesdays only)
Weekdays First Game: Delayed (11PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: n/a
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
Saturdays First Game: Live (2:45PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:15PM)
none none
Sundays First Game: Live (3:00PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:15PM)
none none

Sports5 Center[edit]

Sports5 introduced a pre-game show named "AKTV Center". During the 2011-12 Philippine Cup eliminations, it is hosted by Patricia Bermudez-Hizon, with Mico Halili and Magoo Marjon as alternates. The format was changed starting the Quarterfinal round, usually having a three-man panel consisting of either Halili, Marjon, Bermudez-Hizon, Aaron Atayde and Dominic Uy. Special guests were added at the panel from time to time.

Several characters were introduced for the segment, which also includes parodies of NBA players, namely "Kobesaya" (a look-alike of Kobe Bryant), "Jeremy Lin-ta" (Jeremy Lin) and "J.R. "Pepe" Smith" (J.R. Smith).

During the Commissioner's Cup, AKTV introduced "Home Court" with Lia Cruz as its host. The segment usually airs during the halftime break of the second game. However it only lasted for four episodes before returning to AKTV Center's original format.

AKTV Center usually airs from the IBC studios in Broadcast City but sometimes air from the playing venue during special occasions, notably the league's opening ceremonies and the jersey retirement of Robert Jaworski.

Due to the limited airtime provided by TV5 during the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, the AKTV Center was dropped and instead was replaced by the pre-game and post-game analysis of the assigned commentators.

AKTV Center was eventually renamed as "Sports5 Center" starting with the 2013 Governors' Cup and it airs from the playing venue.

With limited airtime allocated for the PBA games on either TV5 and AksyonTV starting the 2013-14 season, the Sports5 Center only airs during the Sunday games and the post game segment for the 2nd game was removed. For weekday games, the assigned courtside reporter hosts a halftime show reading the social media comments from viewers. There is no halftime show and courtside reporter/s during Saturday games.

The Sports5 Center and the weekday social media halftime feature were dropped during the Philippine Cup playoffs and was replaced by "Moneyball: Dribol op da Pipol", an interactive game show. It returned during the Commissioner's Cup, and airs during the pre-game and halftime of the second game on Sundays.

Music[edit]

For the duration of the 2011-12 Philippine Cup Eliminations, "Showdown" by The Black Eyed Peas was used as AKTV's main theme music for the PBA games in addition to the generic sports theme used during halftime and interview segments. A different sports theme music was used starting from the semifinal round of the Philippine Cup. This was still used up to the finals of the 2012 Governors Cup.

For the 2012–13 PBA season, a theme music entitled "Kampihan na!" was used on their on-air presentation. During the Philippine Cup, AKTV used a version of this theme without vocals. The vocals were later added during the elimination round of the Commissioner's Cup and was used until the Governors' Cup. A different theme was introduced during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Commissioner's Cup entitled "Tuloy ang Laban", which was also used sporadically during the Governors' Cup.

A remixed version of the "Kampihan na!" theme was used for the 2013–14 season

Broadcast history[edit]

  • AKTV on IBC (October 2, 2011 - May 12, 2013)
  • Sports5 on TV5 (May 15–19, October 11, 2013 – present)
  • Sports5 on IBC (August 14, 2013 - October 7, 2013)

List of broadcasters[edit]

Current[edit]

Previous[edit]

Fox Sports panel[edit]

Radio coverage panel[edit]

* - denotes that the broadcaster can only host if their affiliated PBA team had no game for that coverage day.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
PBA on Solar Sports
PBA TV coverage partners
2011-present
Incumbent