Last season ABS-CBN deferred from airing NBA games on Monday during December and early January, for no apparent reason. And basketball fans were obviously unhappy with the network’s belated move. Fast forward to this season, and ABS-CBN was again up to the same old tricks.
The game between the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers, which was finished hours earlier, was advertised to air at 10:30 a.m on Studio 23. However, basketball fans were surprised to see the Asianovela ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal‘ instead, followed by a re-run of ‘Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata‘ and then the movie block ‘Lunch Box Office’. Enraged by the non-airing, basketball fans flooded the Studio 23 and ABS-CBN Sports pages on Facebook in hopes of an explanation, but ABS-CBN has yet to release a statement at this hour.
In my opinion, ABS-CBN’s old trick was simply ridiculous. By pulling the advertised game off the air, and not informing the viewers in advance, it angered many loyal basketball fans. Had ABS-CBN been able to inform the viewers as early as Friday, they would have been busy catching up to today’s other business. But instead they were busy awaiting for Studio 23’s 10:30 a.m. program, and what they got was a ‘Jewel in the Palace‘-like series, an old sitcom and an old comedy movie. And that is how ridiculous their decision is.
ABS-CBN has a lot of explaining to do. And while the NBA on Studio 23 won’t be airing on Mondays for this month, basketball fans can still catch up to their favorite team’s games in any of these platforms: Basketball TV, NBA Premium TV, Fox Sports Asia, or NBA League Pass. The NBA will still air on the ABS-CBN free TV networks, but for this month, they will only air on weekends, and possibly on the day after Christmas and New Year.