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A Viewer’s Guide to the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend


This year’ NBA All-Star Weekend in the Philippines will again be shared by both ABS-CBN and Solar’s Basketball TV.

On February 15-17 (Manila time), the NBA will once again stage its annual All-Star Weekend. And at the midseason classic in New Orleans, hundreds of media outlets around the world, including the Philippines, will be on hand to cover the proceedings.

Here’s is a viewer’s guide on how to watch the NBA All-Star Weekend in the Philippines.

ABS-CBN, Solar Will Use Separate Feeds

ABS-CBN will send Boom Gonzales and TJ Manotoc to cover the All-Star Game. Like last year, the duo will also be on hand to call the All-Star Saturday events. As a result of Boom’s assignment to the All-Star Game, the UAAP women’s volleyball play-by-play for the rest of the eliminations will be handled by Anton Roxas and Eric Tipan. The Rising Stars Challenge on ABS-CBN will likely use TNT’s broadcasters.

Basketball TV and NBA Premium will use the TNT play-by-play for all three events. In addition, BTV will send Riki Flores to do player interviews and document other All-Star events such as Jam Session. Riki’s All-Star coverage will be used on the short segments ‘The Grind’, ‘One on One’, and ’24 Seconds’.

Both networks will be using the NBA TV International feed for all three events.

All-Star Saturday and All-Star Game on Sports + Action

Unfortunately, ABS-CBN Channel 2 will only broadcast the Rising Stars Challenge. The rest of the All-Star events will be handled by sister network ABS-CBN Sports + Action on Channel 23, as the broadcast of these events will be in conflict with ABS-CBN programs such as ‘Matanglawin’, ‘Kapamilya: Minute to Win It’ (last two weeks), and ‘Be Careful with My Heart’.

Expanded Coverage on Basketball TV and NBA Premium

And finally, from February 15-17, most, if not all programs on Basketball TV and NBA Premium will be related to All-Star Weekend. This includes Jam Session, the All-Star Celebrity Game, the NBA D-League’s own All-Star Weekend, Commissioner Adam Silver’s press conferences, pre-event and post-event coverage of the Rising Stars, All-Star Saturday and All-Star Game, and the player practices for the All-Star Game. The NBA TV feed will be used for most of the programs.

With that, I expect both networks to give their best in broadcasting the annual NBA All-Star Weekend. The showcase is a fun and exciting event that basketball fans will surely not miss. After all, it is an ‘All-Star Weekend’, where the league’s best players converge in one roof.


12 thoughts on “A Viewer’s Guide to the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend

  1. James Ty III says:

    Ralph, since there is no NBA All-Star event on Sunday on Ch 2, most likely, there will be an FPJ movie after Matanglawin. I will keep you posted.

      • James Ty III says:

        Ralph, ABS will no longer air NBA games on Sundays on Channel 2 starting tomorrow. ABS wants to further promote its sports channel 23. This means more Star Cinema movies on Sunday mornings before ASAP. As you posted, better than those crappy movies on GMA.

        By the way, GMA will air a Russian movie dubbed in Tagalog titled Night Watch tomorrow versus Lea Salonga’s Playlist concert on ABS. TV5 will have the movie Circle of Eight.

      • Putting it to 23 is much better in terms of live broadcasts. Yung sa ABS they always insist to air at 10 or 9:50. Still, I’m fine with ‘Game of the Week’ NBA broadcasts on Channel 2 every Saturday during the regular season and early playoff rounds.

        No comment on GMA and TV5’s choice of movie, though.

  2. James Ty III says:

    Going back to your earlier post, I believe many NBA fans want the Sunday games live and only S+A 23 can do that since 2 has Matanglawin. So we have to stick it out with the Tagalog movies on Sundays.

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