NCAA picks between TV5, GMA

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    IT’S down to TV5 and GMA 7.

    The two networks are set to present their proposals to the NCAA Policy Board today in their bid to become the league’s new broadcast partner, according to a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source.

    “TV5 and GMA 7 na lang ang magpre-present today. Dalawa na lang sila. Pero sa Policy Board na iyon, so to seal the deal na, ika nga,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “I just can’t say if within the week, there will be a decision already,” the source added.

    The Policy Board is composed of the member schools’ presidents and owners.

    The country’s oldest collegiate league terminated 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.

    ABS-CBN Sports, the sports division of the network, also closed last July 16.

    The same source said last month that TV5, which served as the home of the NCAA from 2010 to 2012, has the inside track to become the league’s home anew, adding CNN Philippines was one of the three networks that presented bids to the Management Committee.

    Previously named Sports5/ESPN5, TV5’s sports arm, One Sports, has been showing PBA games since 2011 and NBA matches since late-July.

    After its five-year contract with ABS-CBN expired last May 31, the UAAP inked a five-and-a-half year deal with Cignal TV last Friday to broadcast select events of the league via the One Sports channel.

    The remainder of the 95th season was called off for good mid-March at the start of the stringent government-imposed health and safety protocols to curb the spread of the lethal pulmonary disease caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).