PBA on Vintage Sports
|The PBA on Vintage Sports|
|Created by||Vintage Enterprises, Inc.|
|Developed by||Vintage Sports|
|Starring||various PBA on Vintage Sports commentators|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Original language(s)||Filipino, English|
|No. of episodes||n/a|
|Executive producer(s)||Carlos "Bobong" Velez|
|Camera setup||multicamera setup|
|Running time||150 minutes+|
|Original channel||Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation (1982-1983)
Maharlika Broadcasting System/People's Television Network (1984-1995)
Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (1996-1999)
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Original run||March 7, 1982 – December 12, 1999|
|Preceded by||PBA on MBS|
|Followed by||PBA on Viva TV|
|Related shows||PBA on Viva TV|
The PBA on Vintage Sports was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games by Vintage Sports, a sports-oriented media company on Philippine television networks Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation from 1982 to 1984, People's Television Network from 1984 to 1995, and Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation from 1996 to 1999. The PBA on Vintage Sports succeeded PBA on MBS.
In 1982, the PBA transferred the broadcast rights of its games from Maharlika Broadcasting System to Vintage Enterprises, Inc., a company owned by Carlos "Bobong" Velez and signed a 5.4 million pesos deal with the league. Vintage started airing PBA Games on Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation until early 1984 before People's Television Network took over the coverage for the next 12 years. In 1996, Vintage transferred to Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) as part of the launching of Vintage Television, a prime time slot that aired on IBC.
Over the next three seasons, Vintage paid the league a total of over two billion pesos (135 million in 1997, 1.885 billion in 1998 and over 300 million in 1999).
For the first three years of Vintage's coverage, they had the legendary Smokin' Joe Cantada and Pinggoy Pengson as its main anchors with Steve Kattan and Andy Jao as the analysts. Future PBA commissioner Jun Bernardino served as the sideline reporter (dubbed as the "Man on the Ball"). Occasional analysts were also added in the panel, which includes Freddie Webb, Norman Black and Joaqui Trillo.
Several innovations were added by Vintage to the PBA coverage compared to their predecessor, including the "Man on the Ball" feature, which acts as a sideline reporter and the changing the delivery of the commentators, which was previously oriented towards the "following the ball" philosophy.
After the PBA's transfer to The ULTRA, Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sev Sarmenta and Ed Picson were later added as additional play-by-play commentators. Beginning in 1988, Romy Kintanar did the halftime features.
After Cantada's death in March 1992, Ed Picson, Sev Sarmenta and Bill Velasco became the main anchors with Quinito Henson, Andy Jao and Butch Maniego as color commentators. Later additions were Jimmy Javier and Noli Eala (who served as an analyst first then becoming a play-by-play commentator in 1995).
For the first 13 years of broadcast, Vintage Sports had an all-English format in delivering the games. But in 1996, they shifted to a taglish (Tagalog and English) format. Radio commentators such as Chino Trinidad, Rado Dimalibot, and Randy Sacdalan were elevated to TV broadcast.
By 1998, Sarmenta, Velasco and Maniego left for ABS-CBN Sports to be the main presenters for the network's newly established league, the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA). Trinidad and Yeng Guiao would also become one of the most popular tandems in Vintage Sports. Eala and Picson would often tandem with Henson and Jao. Radio commentators Benjie Santiago and Mon Liboro was also elevated to the TV coverage.
In 1999, Anthony Suntay and Chiqui Roa-Puno, or at times Paolo Trillo, Jannelle So and Dong Alejar became the pregame and halftime hosts for the coverage.
End of PBA on Vintage Sports
On December 12, 1999, Vintage Sports aired its last PBA game during Game 6 of the 1999 Governor's Cup between the Alaska Milkmen and the San Miguel Beermen before merging with Viva TV in 2000. Ed Picson and Quinito Henson were the commentators for its last run.
Viva Entertainment merger
In 2000, Vintage Television merged with VIVA Entertainment and signed a 770 million pesos deal with 3 years. It defeated the bid of GMA Network, who was hoping to win the bid to compete with television rival ABS-CBN, who had the television rights to cover the rival league Metropolitan Basketball Association.
List of broadcasters
- Philippine Basketball Association
- PBA on Viva TV
- List of programs broadcast by People's Television Network
- List of programs broadcast by Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
- PBA, The First 25 (2000,PBA Books) p. 33
- PBA 20 Years at the Pictures (1994,PBA Books) pp. 118–119 [Images]
PBA on MBS
|PBA TV coverage partners
1982 – 1999
PBA on Viva TV