Goodbye Sports5, Hello ESPN 5

THIS PASSING WEEK, TV5 and ESPN announced an agreement for a long-term collaboration for Filipino sports fans.

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.

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In Light of IBC 13 Privatization Attempt, Few Rooster Shows Fly Out but UCBL Tips On

DURING THE DELIBERATIONS of the 2018 Budget for the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) last August 15 in the House of Representatives, Undersecretary George Apacible told the solons that privatization process of the beleaguered Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) would begin next month with the bidding price of P 4.2 billion.

According to his superior, Secretary Martin Andanar, the net proceeds – after paying unsettled obligations such as taxes to BIR and the aggregate (current, separation & retirement) pay to employees – would go to the pending People’s Broadcasting Corporation that will supervise both PTV and PBS (Radyo Pilipinas) radio stations.

While most concerned netizens are excited for the fifth attempt (according to their count) to materialize since sequestration but for the Turf, we’re still doubtful about that.

Speaking of which, the movement of IBC 13’s programming shifted in light of the very long persistent pronouncement.


Few sabong shows fly out

Whenever we think of IBC 13 today and not of the golden age that triggers yearning nostalgia (from the 1970s until 2003), it is mostly composed of vast nothingness but a sea of home shopping, infomercials, and cockfighting.

Due to the aforementioned impact, three sabong shows: the consistently returning Thunderbird Sabong Nation, Bakbakan Na and the oldest running Tukaan were affirmed to leave the channel.

In Bakbakan Na’s Facebook page, their loyal fans sought it as a good measure as they weren’t able to receive the program due to the signal reduction since March but from the perspective of the outgoing channel, it’ll be a loss of their sustaining income.

While Sabong Nation came back in S+A, Bakbakan Na and Tukaan will premiere on its new home on TV5 this weekend.

The remaining cockfighting programs are Chicken Talk, Salpukan 360 & STV: Ang Sabong TV ng Bayan.

A new season tips off

UCBL 2 Contract Signing

SEALED THE DEAL. UCBL President Franklin Evidente, ACA Raise President Josephine Arboleda and ATC Executive Vic de Guzman placed their right hands after signing the contacts for the new season of IBC’s sole college basketball league tipping off this week.

On the bright side, the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) will return to Old Balara for its second season Thursday (September 7) in partnership through Asian Television Content (ATC).

This new season will debut a new team, the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) – Batangas, which is somehow following the footsteps of the sister campus in Intramuros in NCAA. The young collegiate league did not only admit a new school but also admitted a new marketer, ACA Raise, in order to cover all games as possible.

While some things are new, other elements remain the same — from the same venue (Olivarez College), to the same league frequency (Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays) and to the same delayed primetime telecast (from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight).

Program comebacks

Other programs that went back since the last time the Turf tackled about IBC were Gabay at Aksyon (possibly from PTV’s massive, hyper-partisan overhaul last June) and Fr. Archie Guiriba’s Shalom. If the two shows came back, amidst the difficulty of the falling network in all aspects, then, it would really be nice if Ka Gerry Geronimo’s Ating Alamin would also make their return to this network after eight years.

That being said and whatever the events will happen, the all-out surveillance still lingers on over the embattled Broadcast City upon Capitol Hills as we will continue to keep update here on Timow’s Turf.

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Philippines Football League both to kick out UFL, off tomorrow

The new and legit national professional football league was launched last April 21 at Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig City.

THE IDENTITY CRISIS and legitimacy of our national, top-tier and professional football (soccer) league is finally over.
Beginning tomorrow, the new (and de jure) league called Philippines Football League (PFL) will kick out the de facto United Football League (UFL) in the early 2010s.
What went wrong with the latter league? Are there any changes in the competition? What will be the inaugural game plan? Who will be the broadcaster?


Pabasa ng Philippine TV for Holy Week 2017

Ecce Homo (1871) by Antonio Ciseri (1821-1891)

IT’S SO HARD to believe that Holy Week is next week — the first on the nine-month-old Duterte administration and yes, the Turf understands it as a political aspect of Calvary we’re harnessing.
Anyway, in this penultimate and pious week of Lent, many words emanate to our psyche: reflection, journey, sacrifice, panata and self-penitence.

As part of the countdown to 500 years of Christianity, this year (2017) is designated for the Year of Parish as the Communion of Communities.

As part of the preparation of the Quincentennial of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021, each year within the nine-year novena (since 2012-13) has a certain designation. This year is dedicated as the Year of the Parish as the Communion of Communities. So, expect this theme to be integrated throughout the following days.
During the week, operating hours on malls and establishments are expected to be reduced — if not closed — on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday but they may resume full-time on Black Saturday.
On television, particularly, free to air, some networks either reduced to special programming or signed off. In the Turf’s annual tradition of heralding the events, the whole week will be divided into four (4) chronological groups with six (6) specific periods. In this distinctive insight, some channels and programs within the week will give notice if they’re in conflictin need of attention and something to watch out for.
Bear in mind that such insights are unpredictable.


On Pacquiao’s “Comeback” Bout


TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. Manny Pacquiao will challenge Jessie Vargas to regain the WBO Welterweight title Saturday night in Las Vegas (Sunday morning in Manila).

LAST APRIL 10, sports aficionados savored Manny Pacquiao’s “final” bout before his “retirement” after 18 years of professional career with eight world divisions in order to focus as a legislator but it sounds too good to be true as this Sunday, November 6 (Manila time), he will face Jessie Vargas but this time, under a different set-up and situation.

But before that, let’s go back where Pacquiao began briefly.


Rio Olympics 2016: The insights & whatnots


SWIFTER, HIGHER, STRONGER. That is the three words that formed the motto of the Olympics. Those words act as a motivation of every competitor around the world to shine at their best.

In just a week from now, 10,000+ athletes in 206 national teams, plus the Refugee Olympic Athletes, will convene in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. On the night of August 5 (morning of August 6 in the Philippines), the city of Carnival and samba will liven up to welcome the world for the next 16 days of international competition in different sports.


Will the 2014 NBA Finals mark the final buzzer for the Filipino fans?

REMINDER: This post is both an author’s response and opinion to Ralph Domingo’s From the Tube regarding the end of NBA on free TV.


San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (left) will face again two-time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra (right), Friday morning (Philippine time).

IS IT YOU or is it déjà vu? The San Antonio Spurs just won the NBA Western Conference finals and they will face the two-time NBA Finals Champion Miami Heat Friday morning (Philippine time).

Sports analysts, sportswriters and fans have their own say who will win the coveted Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Some fans wanted San Antonio Spurs to win in order to prevent the Heat’s “Grand Slam” (i.e. winning the Finals for the third consecutive season) and to spit against the opponent’s coach, the Filipino-American Erik Spoelstra, as instructed by politically motivated social media scholars (PMSMS). Others wanted the opposing team, the Miami Heat, due to the naïve instincts based on the record of recent accomplishment on the championship series and of course, the coach’s maternal blood.

Since the NBA fan base is still alive and kicking in the Philippines, this Finals, unfortunately, would ring the final buzzer on TV after the series. (more…)

The Current State of Olympics in Philippine TV


At midnight Saturday (local time), TV5 will air the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian Federation. Although, it is not as important as the incoming Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro on 2016 for most Filipino sports fanatics, the Olympics played a significant role in shaping the best athletes around the world based by the criteria of the Olympic motto: Citius, altius, fortius (Swifter, higher, stronger).

The broadcasting of the Olympics plays an important part on sports division of certain broadcasters. Such instance is the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), where they and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had been in good hands for 60+ years.

The brief history of Philippine broadcasting of the Olympics

olympic infographic

In the Philippines, the Olympic coverage began in 1968 in Mexico City by ABS-CBN. The 1972 Munich Games remains unknown or unable to broadcast despite that the major international multi-sport event ended just one and a half weeks before Martial Law declared. The 1976 Montreal Games also remains unknown or unable to broadcast due to the suppression of the freedom of the press during the Martial Law period. The 1980 Moscow Games was broadcast by Channel 4, although the national delegation boycotted the Games, together with the United States, due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan a year before. The rest of the broadcast became a good pace in Olympics broadcast in the country. In Barcelona 1992, ABS-CBN grabs back the torch of televising the sporting events but PTV in Atlanta 1996 stole the spotlight and stayed vigilant with the torch until Athens 2004 where they have seen the lack of capitalization. In 2008, RPN 9 (doing business then as C/S 9) tried to broadcast in Beijing. The first Winter Games to be aired in the Philippines (albeit, the opening ceremony) was done again by Channel 9 on Vancouver 2010. With Manny V. Pangilinan’s wise decision on sports development, TV5 bagged the rights to air the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Ranking (excluding the Winter Olympics and future Games)

GOLD: PTV 4 with six (Moscow 1980, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004)

SILVER: ABS-CBN 2 (Mexico 1968 and Barcelona 1992) and TV5 (Sydney 2000* and London 2012) with two

BRONZE: RPN 9 (Beijing 2008) and IBC 13 (London 2012**) with one.

GMA 7 bagged none (or in social media, nganga).

*Assisting broadcasts

**Assisting broadcasts, joint venture with TV5 through AKTV block

Your FAQs on the future and current state of broadcasting Olympics

In most websites back then, you may hear the term frequently asked questions (FAQs) the purposely serve to answer the common queries on your visit to the site. In Timow’s Blog, the answers are responded to your needs. In this post, you might asked what happened to the broadcasters in the Olympics currently.

Q: Why did Channel 4 did not air any more Olympics recently?

A: Channel 4 ceased airing Olympics after Athens 2004 because of the depleting and insufficient capital, conflict on programming (especially, the daily Palace Press Conference), and the strong presentation of protecting the National Government, including the President, from their critics, especially politically-leaning social media scholars (PSMS).

Q: Why GMA 7 never aired the Olympics and gone nganga?

A: GMA Channel 7 bagged none, nada, zilch, nunca, nyet on the Olympics because of the lack of a sports division and the management’s strategy of not to be a conglomerate like ABS-CBN and TV5 to avoid  from calling the network by PSMS, part of the “oligarchy.” No wonder #GMAPhilippinesWorstNetwork is not just for the recent, senseless yet irrelevant Navarro-gate scandal (GMA is said to be in favor of Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo.) but also for the way of not broadcasting the Olympics, which could have made an equal participation of national commercial broadcasters.

Q: Why TV5 did commit already to 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games?

A: TV5 made a deal with the IOC for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is because Manny V. Pangilinan shifts his planning skills on Sports5 on medium term (1 to 3 years) rather than a short term (within 12 months), in which other networks completely lacked of such skills. In this point of view, MVP believed that medium term help lessen the worries and faults of preparation and broadcast rather than the short term.

Conclusion, greetings and words of wisdom

Going back to the upcoming Games, TB wishes TV5 the best of luck in airing the Sochi Olympics. The blog wishes the best of luck to our sole delegate of the Games, Mr. Michael Christian Martinez, regardless of the measly chance of earning a medal.

To conclude this post, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the brainchild of the modern Olympic Games, said, “The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

[Research from Wikipedia, Infographic done by the author-admin]