From then on, Sports5 will now be called ESPN 5.
Under this compact, TV5’s current sports portfolio like the PBA, FIBA, Gilas, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Philippine Super Liga (PSL) and recently, the National Football League (NFL) will retain.
Aside from ESPN 5 on the main channel, ESPN’s iconic flagship sportscast, SportsCenter, will have its local edition on AksyonTV 41.
Other than that, award-winning ESPN studio programs (e.g. Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption), their Big Fights and their award-winning sports documentaries are in the stipulation.
Returning sportscasts, under this new deal, include Super Bowl (since 2016) and the NCAA March Madness (since 2014). Aside from that, new ones are pledged to be covered such as Pro Bowl, X Games and the Indianapolis 500, just to name a few.
In terms of digital media, the cobranded collaboration will include their websites and an excellent app containing all-encompassing content – whether local or global. Not to mention, they will launch the ESPN Player streaming service later this year.
The Turf’s take
The Turf reminded the deal to what CNN has done to RPN channel 9 (as 9TV) back in 2014 – inking the naming and broadcasting rights. Although, the difference is it will not overhaul other departments of the network.
Unsurprisingly, is it is well defined that Novaliches-Reliance’s two channels have become the default sports authority even before this concord came, which lead to over-reliant and sporadic foreign entertainment and neglect on their news department, particularly on its newscasters.
That said, next year, with all due respect, the Turf could no longer think any prediction over this network other than sports because their calling has already been definitely and convincingly achieved.