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|Created by||ABS-CBN Corporation|
|Developed by||ABS-CBN News & Current Affairs|
|Written by||Jake Aspiras|
|Directed by||JV Noriega 1997-2003|
|Country of origin||Philippines|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonas Liwag|
|Running time||30 minutes (DZMM TeleRadyo)
30 minutes (ABS-CBN)
30 minutes (ANC)
30 minutes (S+A)
|Picture format||480i SDTV
|Original release||as Sports Unlimited
(June 14, 1997 – February 7, 2015)
as Sports U
(February 12, 2015 – present)
Sports Unlimited (now Sports U) is a sports program of ABS-CBN in the Philippines. It features different kinds of sports, as well as ordinary and prominent sports figures. It was originally hosted by Dyan Castillejo and Vince Hizon but the latter was replaced by Marc Nelson. It became a longgest-running sports program in the Philippines and on Asia. It aired every Saturday nights after The Bottomline on ABS-CBN, with replays on Sundays at 6:30 PM on S+A and replays on Sundays at 11:30 PM on ABS-CBN News Channel, also airs worldwide through The Filipino Channel.
On February 7, 2015, it ceased broadcasting as Sports Unlimited. It was revealed prior to the said date that it will be reformatted on February 12, 2015 and will be renamed as Sports U and now air every Thursdays after Bandila at the Primetime block (formerly aired at Kapamilya Gold block, with regional TV stations aired the following morning). Both ANC & S+A (and later its early broadcast on DZMM TeleRadyo) retained their simulcast after the said reformat.
It is the first sports show of its kind in the country combining adventure sports and travel while featuring current sports events, sports features, latest in health and fitness trends, and an up-close on sports personalities and other celebrities.
Sports Unlimited aims to inform Filipinos about what sports are available in the country other than what is normally seen on television like basketball, golf or boxing. The show seeks to promote adventure tourism, sports and healthy living to Filipino viewers. It also strives to honor athletes when they have achieved success in local and international competition.
Ultimately, its message is to encourage a sporty and active lifestyle especially to the youth.
Awards and recognitions
- Winner, Best Sports-Oriented Show - PMPC Star Awards for Television (1999, 2003, 2005 & 2006)
- Hall of Fame, 2009 Catholic Mass Media Awards
- Best Sports Show, 2005, 2006, 2008 Catholic Mass Media Awards
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2008) 6th Gawad Tanglaw
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2009) 7th Gawad Tanglaw
- Winner, Best Sports Anchors (2010) 8th Gawad Tanglaw (Dyan Castillejo, Marc Nelson, Tommy Manotoc, Jr.)
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2010) 19th Golden Dove Award
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2011) 9th Gawad Tanglaw
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2012) 10th Gawad Tanglaw
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2012) 20th Golden Dove Award
- Winner, Best Sports Show (2012) 8th USTv Students’ Choice Awards
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2013) 11th Gawad Tanglaw
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2013) 21st Golden Dove Award
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2014) 10th USTv Students’ Choice Awards
- Winner, Students' Choice of Sports Personality - Dyan Castillejo (2014) 8th USTv Students' Choice Awards
- Winner, Best Sports Program (2014) 22nd Golden Dove Award
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