PBA on Vintage Sports

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The PBA on Vintage Sports
Also known as PBA on VTV (1996–1999)
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
Executive producer(s) Carlos "Bobong" Velez
Camera setup multicamera setup
Running time 150 minutes+
Original network Banahaw Broadcasting Corporation (1982–1983)
Maharlika Broadcasting System/People's Television Network (1984–1995)
Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (1996–1999)
Picture format 480i SDTV
Original release March 7, 1982 (1982-03-07) – December 12, 1999 (1999-12-12)
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 The 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.

Vintage Sports' scoring bug circa-1992 season.

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, "Inside Basketball", which discusses the basketball fundamentals (hosted by Steve Kattan, then later Norman Black), and the changing the delivery of the commentators, which was previously oriented towards the "following the ball" philosophy. A dedicated camera for their slow motion machine was also added.

The camera orientation of the main camera was changed since the 1983 Open Conference, with the team benches moved at the bottom of the screen. This is to accommodate additional advertisement when the main camera pans at the basketball court. Team huddles during timeouts were also included since 1984.

After the PBA's transfer to The ULTRA, Ronnie Nathanielsz, Sev Sarmenta and Ed Picson were later added as additional play-by-play commentators.

From 1982 to 1986, the second game is always aired live, while the first game is aired on delayed basis, after the second game. One play-by-play and one analyst are assigned for both games. Since 1987, Vintage Sports started airing PBA doubleheaders live, and they assign a different play-by-play commentator for both games, although the analyst will still cover both games. Beginning in 1988, Romy Kintanar did the halftime features, entitled "Kaypee at the Half".

Starting the 1989 All-Filipino Conference, Vintage used a character generator score bug, which replaced the "keyed" score bug used since 1982. A dedicated camera was also designated for the game clock so it can be superimposed with the score bug. This was done on a sporadic basis in 1984 and 1986. A CG game clock was used for the 1987 season.

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). Starting in 1993, a different game analyst is assigned for doubleheaders.

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.

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).

From 1997 to 1998, the games are also aired at ESPN Asia. A different panel were assigned for the ESPN broadcast, which usually headed by Ronnie Nathanielsz.

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. Also, the games were aired on Net 25 on a slightly delayed basis.

End of PBA on Vintage Sports[edit]

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 were played at the Araneta Coliseum and before merging with Viva TV in 2000. Ed Picson and Andy Jao were the commentators and the sideline reporters were Ronnie Nathanielsz, Jannelle So and Chiqui Roa-Puno for its last run.

Viva Entertainment merger[edit]

Main article: PBA on Viva TV

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.


Vintage Sports used different themes in every season the covered the PBA games. During their first years covering the league, they incorporate pop music when cutting into a commercial break. The list of their main themes are as follows:

  • 1991 - PBA on Vintage Sports theme (in-house music)
  • 1993 - Pushing The Limit by G. Kavanagh and Hennie Bekker
  • 1996 - Barcelona by John Tesh (also used Shock by John Tesh as secondary theme)

List of broadcasters[edit]

See also[edit]


  • PBA, The First 25 (2000,PBA Books) p. 33
  • PBA 20 Years at the Pictures (1994,PBA Books) pp. 118–119 [Images]
Preceded by
PBA TV coverage partners
1982 – 1999
Succeeded by
PBA on Viva TV