Things just got better for NCAA

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    THE coveted deal to become the new broadcast partner of the NCAA seemed to be in the bag for TV5 until GMA 7 came up with an equally-good offer.

    An unimpeachable Malaya-Business Insight source yesterday said the league will have to weigh both offers and come up with a decision probably by next week.

    “Maganda pareho ang offer. Nagulat kami and nage-evaluate pa kami tapos ipre-present sa Policy Board at the end of this week or early next week. By next week siguro, baka mag-desisyon na ang Policy Board,” the insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

    “Pero kahit sino ang mapili, maganda pareho. It’s a good problem. Hindi namin akalain na ganoon kaganda ang parehong offers.”

    Having served as partner of the NCAA from 2010 to 2012, TV5 initially had the inside track for the partnership.

    Previously named Sports5/ESPN5, TV5’s sports arm, One Sports, has been showing PBA games since 2011 and the 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 Oct. 23 to broadcast select events of the league via the One Sports channel.

    The insider said showing nearly all sports leagues under the network might be a disadvantage for TV5.

    “That might work against them (TV5), iyong nandoon ang lahat kasi si GMA, mag-all out sila sa January sa sports,” the insider said.

    “Personally, ang tingin ko iba siyempre ang front ng GMA, iba ang branding, talagang prestigious and magaling sila. Sabi mo nga lang, hindi sila tested sa sports pero mayroon ata silang kinuha na galing sa Sports and Action ng ABS.”