21 March 2014

Bolts Getting the Raw End

Bolts at Raw End
If you are an owner of a PBA franchise, would you like to have the televised games of your team delayed for a few hours? It appears that will happen to some of the games of the oldest professional basketball league in Asia when it implements its planned changes together the management of TV5.

According to TV5 sports manager Vitto Lazatin, the live telecast of PBA games in TV5's sister channel on the UHF band was discontinued under a new TV schedule agreed upon by the league and its broadcast partner.

Under the proposed plan, TV5 will carry a live broadcast of lone Monday and Wednesday matches as well as the second game of the Friday double-header, with the first game shown on a delayed basis at 11:00 PM.

All Saturday and Sunday games, according to Lazatin, will now be carried live by the Manny V. Pangilinan-owned television station.

"This was what was discussed in the new proposal, which was the introduction of a Monday playing date. We worked together with the PBA to develop this new schedule," Lazatin said.

Who will be the first victims of this new changes?

Well, on 21 March (FRIDAY), the Meralco Bolts will be facing their sister team Talk N' Text Tropang Texters in the first game. The Bolts will be featured in the first part of a double-header on 11 April (FRIDAY) against the Barako Bull. This means that the 4-year old Pangilinan-owned team will have limited exposure during the league's Commissioner Cup.

Is Pangilinan aware of this? Probably he is because he owns both the badly affected team and the station that will implement the changes. Is the PBA Board willing to schedule the games of the more popular teams such as San Mig Coffee Mixers, Barangay Ginebra and San Miguel Beermen on the first game of a Friday double-header? Probably not seeing as to how the league officials are more condescending when it comes to transactions involving crowd-drawers. Is this fair? I think you know the answer to this, right?

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