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LaunchedFebruary 22, 2004 (2004-02-22) (as ABC Sports)
May 5, 2011 (2011-05-05) (as Sports5)
October 12, 2017 (2017-10-12) (as ESPN5)
Division ofTV5
OwnerTV5 Network
(under partnership agreement with ESPN Inc. and a division of The Walt Disney Company)
Key people
  • Jane Basas(President, TV5 Network, Inc.)
  • Lloyd Manaloto (Business Unit Head, ESPN5)
  • Patricia Bermudez-Hizon (Head, ESPN5/Sports5 Productions)
  • Michael VIllar (Production Unit Head, ESPN5)
HeadquartersMandaluyong City
Formerly known as
  • ABC Sports (2004–2008)
  • TV5 Sports (2009-2011)
  • Sports5 (2011–2017)
Sister network5
5 Plus
One Sports
PBA Rush
Official websiteOfficial website

ESPN5 (formerly ABC Sports from 2004 to 2008 and Sports5 from 2011 to 2017) is the sports division of TV5, currently with a partnership agreement with US-based sports network ESPN. ESPN5 supplies and airs major sporting events in the Philippines and the world for free-to-air TV channels 5, 5 Plus and Cignal-exclusive channels One Sports and PBA Rush.

Its flagship program is Philippine Basketball Association, the world's second oldest professional basketball league, since it acquired the television rights from 2004 to 2008 and again from 2011 until now.


ABC Sports[edit]

The network's sports division, then known as ABC Sports, was established in 2004 as a result of ABC-5's acquisition of broadcast rights to the Philippine Basketball Association. The telecasts were known as the PBA on ABC, after the disbandment of the broadcasting consortium between NBN-4 and IBC-13. Aside from PBA, ABC Sports also broadcast volleyball games and local boxing bouts, as well as NBA basketball and WWE wrestling matches (in partnership with Solar Entertainment). But after ABC rebranded to TV5 in August 2008, the network still managed to cover the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference Finals, though it is under the auspices of ABC's blocktimer MPB Primedia, Inc. After which, broadcast rights for PBA, NBA, and WWE were then moved to Solar Sports and RPN-9 starting in the 2008-09 season.

TV5 Sports[edit]

In 2009, ABC Sports, still under management of MPB Primedia, was renamed as TV5 Sports in the interim (does not identify as such), in which the network acquired broadcasting rights to the ASEAN Basketball League (the Philippine team in the league, AirAsia Philippine Patriots, was by-then managed by ABC/TV5 owner Antonio "Tonyboy" Cojuangco, Jr.), U.S. boxing matches, and others. In 2010, ABL's broadcasting contract with TV5 expired, after TV5 was acquired by MediaQuest Holdings, and was moved to IBC-13 and later, ABS-CBN Sports and Action.


In 2011, TV5 and IBC, inked a blocktime deal which subsequently became AKTV. It was launched on May 5, 2011 through a marathon held at the Mall Of Asia Grounds in Pasay City.

From then on, Sports5 obtained rights to air major sporting leagues and events like the Philippine Basketball Association, United Football League and the NCAA (returned to ABS-CBN Sports in 2015).

Until its flagship primetime sports block's closure in 2013 due to high blocktime costs and poor ratings, most of its programs are aired on IBC through its programming block AKTV. From June 2013 onwards, most of its sports coverages are shown on TV5, AksyonTV and Hyper. It is headquartered at TV5 Media Center, Reliance cor. Sheridan st., Mandaluyong City.

Sports5 is the official TV partner of the Olympic Games in the Philippines from 2014 to 2016. In 2016, Sports5 acquired the Philippine broadcast rights (from ABS-CBN Sports) to air Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on free TV and satellite.[1]


On October 12, 2017, TV5 announced that it had reached a partnership with ESPN International to re-brand Sports 5 as ESPN5; the re-branding took effect the next day, coinciding with game 1 of the PBA Governors' Cup final. As part of the relationship, the channel acquired domestic rights to some of ESPN's U.S. and international programming, including boxing, IndyCar Series, the NFL, U.S. college sports, and the X Games. Although ESPN is a U.S. NBA broadcaster, the league has a separate rights deal with ABS-CBN. The operation includes a local version of ESPN's flagship studio program SportsCenter, SportsCenter Philippines (which premiered on December 17, 2017), and collaboration between ESPN and TV5 on digital content—having launched a localized version of and the streaming ESPN Player service on January 31, 2018. The partnership marked the return of the ESPN brand to the country since the replacement of ESPN Philippines with Fox Sports Asia.[2][3][4][5]

Current programs[edit]


5 Plus[edit]

PBA Rush[edit]

  • Basketball Science
  • The Chasedown
  • PBA Rulebook
  • Swagg Anatomy
  • Shootaround
  • Basketball Almanac
  • The Huddle
  • Step Back

Previous programs[edit]



  • Speedo G-League

Sports broadcasters[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Don Allado (PBA Rush Basketball analyst)
  • Chuck Araneta (PBA on ESPN5/PBA Rush Lead play-by-play, Courtside reporter, SportsCenter Philippines correspondent)
  • Charlie Cuna (PBA on ESPN5 Lead play-by-play)
  • Selina Dagdag (PBA on ESPN5 Courtside reporter)
  • Apple David (SportsCenter Philippines contributor, PBA on ESPN5 Courtside reporter)
  • Paolo del Rosario (PBA Rush Lead play-by-play, Courtside reporter, Shootaround host)
  • Tony Dela Cruz (PBA on ESPN5 Basketball analyst)
  • Rizza Diaz (PSL Courtside reporter, Lead play-by-play)
  • Amanda Fernandez (PBA Rush Basketball analyst, Lead play-by-play, Courtside reporter, SportsCenter Philippines anchor)
  • Ryan Gregorio (PBA on ESPN5 Basketball analyst)
  • Quinito Henson (PBA on ESPN5 Basketball analyst)
  • Andy Jao (PBA on ESPN5 Basketball analyst)
  • Carla Lizardo (SportsCenter Philippines substitute anchor, PBA on ESPN5 Courtside reporter)
  • Magoo Marjon (PBA on ESPN5 Lead play-by-play, SportsCenter Philippines anchor)
  • Carlo Pamintuan (PBA Rush Basketball analyst, Lead play-by-play, Courtside reporter, Shootaround host)
  • Ali Peek (PBA Rush Basketball analyst)
  • Chiqui Reyes (PBA Rush Lead Play-by-play)
  • Eric Reyes (PBA on ESPN5 Basketball analyst)
  • Sev Sarmenta (PBA on ESPN5/PSL Lead play-by-play)
  • Denise Tan (PBA on ESPN5 Courtside reporter)
  • Charles Tiu (PBA Rush Basketball analyst)
  • Tex Suiter (PSL Volleyball analyst)
  • Jong Uichico (PBA Rush Basketball analyst)
  • Chiqui Pablo (PSL Volleyball analyst)
  • Dominic Uy (PBA on ESPN5 Basketball analyst)
  • James Velasquez (PBA Rush/PBA on ESPN5/PSL Lead play-by-play)
  • Aaron Atayde (SportsCenter Philippines anchor)
  • Jinno Rufino (PBA Rush/PSL courtside Reporter, SportsCenter Philippines anchor)
  • Eric Menk (SportsCenter Philippines contributor)
  • Richard del Rosario (PBA Rush Basketball analyst)
  • Anthony Suntay (PSL Lead play-by-play)
  • Noel Zarate (SportsCenter Philippines contributor, PSL Lead play-by-play)
  • Lia Cruz (SportsCenter Philippines anchor)
  • Mich Del Carmen (PBA on ESPN5 Courtside reporter, SportsCenter Philippines contributor)
  • Patricia Bermudez-Hizon (Head, ESPN5/Sports5 Production)
  • Chot Reyes (President of TV5 Network, Inc.)
  • Chino Lui Pio (SportsCenter Philippines reporter)
  • Jutt Sulit (PBA Rush Lead play-by-play, Courtside reporter)
  • Cesca Litton-Kalaw (PBA on ESPN5/PSL courtside Reporter, SportsCenter Philippines anchor)
  • Lyn Olavario (SportsCenter Philippines reporter)
  • Mark Zambrano (SportsCenter Philippines reporter)

Past on-air staff[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TV5 gets rights to air UFC fights as Balls Channel announces it is going off the air". 21 December 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  2. ^ Bolante, Mikkel (October 12, 2017). "ESPN-5 IS HERE - TV5 announces partnership with 'Worldwide Leader in Sports'". Interaksyon. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Melvin, Paul (October 11, 2017). "TV 5 AND ESPN COLLABORATE TO LAUNCH ESPN 5 IN THE PHILIPPINES" (Press release). ESPN. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Isaga, JP (October 12, 2017). "ESPN returns to Philippine TV with TV5 partnership". Rappler. Retrieved October 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "ESPN launches New Digital Gateway with the Philippines Edition of and ESPN Player". Manila Bulletin. January 31, 2018. Retrieved January 31, 2018.

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