With ABS-CBN out, life goes on for UAAP


    A NEW home for the UAAP?

    That’s a big possibility, according to UAAP executive director Atty. Rebo Saguisag.

    With the House committee on legislative franchises voting 70-11-2-1 to reject a bill seeking to grant ABS-CBN a fresh 25-year franchise to operate last Friday, Saguisag said the UAAP sympathizes with the mass media giant.

    But life goes on for the league.

    Saguisag said the UAAP is mulling other options and could find itself with a new broadcast partner soon.

    “We commiserate with our long-time partner, but this is ultimately a business decision that the board will have to make using its best judgment based on facts and information available to it,” Saguisag told Malaya-Business Insight yesterday. “We will proceed as scheduled.”

    The UAAP and the network’s five-year pact expired last May 31.

    Asked if the league is keen on having its games aired via a blocktime deal or if it is in talks with other networks, Saguisag said those are among the options.

    “I guess you could say everything is pretty much on the table,” related Saguisag, son of veteran human rights advocate and former senator Rene.

    The league is eyeing to launch its 83rd season early next year due to the health risks and uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The remainder of the 82nd season was called off for good last April at the start of the government-imposed lockdown.

    Metro Manila has transitioned into the less strict community quarantine last June 1 and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has already given the green light for the PBA and Philippines Football League teams to resume training last July 3.

    Recreational basketball games, however, remain prohibited under GCQ to curb the spread of the lethal virus. The government’s nod was only for pro basketball and football.
    Saguisag insisted the league will come up with a decision that is best for the UAAP community.

    “We conclude negotiations then evaluate our options,” said Saguisag, also a councilor of Makati’s first district. “Our decision will be based on what is best for the UAAP community.”