The countdown to the much-anticipated college basketball season in the Philippines begins. Twelve days from now the NCAA’s 89th season gets underway, while the UAAP‘s 76th season starts the week after. The college basketball season begins earlier than usual because of the country’s hosting of the 2013 FIBA Asia Tournament, which commences in the first week of August.
The NCAA will have a new broadcast partner for Season 89. AksyonTV takes over as the main coveror of the league’s games after the AKTV on IBC block expired last May. The change of network will not affect the league’s recent approach of scheduling games in the late afternoon/early evening slots. However the game days have yet to be determined. As with the previous year, at least two game dates will be played outside Metro Manila.
ABS-CBN Sports, through VHF channel Studio 23, will broadcast the UAAP games for the 14th consecutive season. Unlike in previous years, the weekday games for men’s basketball will now be held on Wednesdays, as opposed to Thursdays. The Wednesday-Saturday-Sunday game schedule has been used in the network’s coverage of women’s volleyball, and was used experimentally in men’s basketball last season. However this will be the first time that the league will employ a Wednesday-Saturday-Sunday schedule full-time in men’s basketball. For the fifth straight season, at least one men’s basketball championship game will be aired on ABS-CBN on a weekend.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde will host the NCAA’s 89th season, while Adamson University will host UAAP’s 76th season.