‘NCAA considered whole package’


    THE NCAA was not trying to compete with the UAAP and prove something when it chose GMA 7 as its new broadcaster partner instead of TV5.

    The league wanted to stand alone and excel, according to an unimpeachable source.

    “Hindi naman (to compete with the UAAP). Lahat naman, gusto nating mag-excel tayo. We cannot achieve that kung marami kaming kasabay na ibang sporting events. Not only naman UAAP,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Malaya-Business Insight.

    “Tingin ko nahihirapan sila (TV5) sa channel assignment kasi puno sila.”

    The NCAA officially inked a five-and-a-half year contract with GMA 7 last Nov. 20 to be its new home beginning in the 96th season.

    Having served as partner of the NCAA from 2010 to 2012, TV5 initially had the deal seemingly in the bag.

    But with the network also broadcasting PBA games since 2011, the NBA matches since late July, and also became the broadcast partner of the UAAP last month, the NCAA felt there will be no more room for the country’s oldest collegiate league.

    GMA 7’s vast area coverage also proved to be among the clincher.

    “Isa iyon sa deal breaker, channel assignment,” the source said.

    “As far as reach is concerned, times 200 percent ang reach ni GMA. Ang aming kinonsider ay whole package, maraming items kaya natabunan iyong offer na pera.”

    The NCAA ended its 10-year pact with ABS-CBN last September after the mass media giant’s franchise renewal application to operate for another 25 years was rejected by the House committee on legislative franchises via an overwhelming 70-11-2-1 vote last July 10.