NCAA eyes end of pact with ABS

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    THE NCAA is exploring its options on its broadcast deal with ABS-CBN, among them a possible contract termination.

    An unimpeachable source told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday that the league is discussing the plan.

    “Idi-discuss pa iyan,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    The league’s Management Committee, chaired by Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, of host Letran, met online yesterday to talk about the NCAA’s contract termination plan with its TV coveror.

    If and when the ManCom decides to do so, it still has to be approved by the Policy Board, composed of school presidents and owners.

    The NCAA has five years left in its 10-year pact with the embattled mass media giant.

    The franchise renewal bid of ABS-CBN 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.

    ABS-CBN Sports, the sports division of the network, also closed shop last July 16 that left the NCAA, UAAP, Premier Volleyball League, and Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League without a home.

    The UAAP, MPBL, and PVL are already looking for new TV partners.

    With the country’s COVID-19 pandemic woes having no end in sight, the NCAA is looking to launch its new season early next year.