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Improving the UAAP Finals Setup on Channel 2

FEU and NU will meet in the UAAP men’s basketball finals starting this Saturday, with select games airing on ABS-CBN Channel 2. (Photo credit:

The UAAP Season 77 men’s basketball tournament is down to just two teams.

For the first time since Season 55 (1992), neither the De La Salle Green Archers nor the Ateneo Blue Eagles will be involved in the championship round. Instead it will feature the FEU Tamaraws and the National University Bulldogs, who disposed their respective opponents in Wednesday’s sudden-death semis matches.

The unlikely pairing between FEU and NU is not only ‘the best thing that ever happened in the UAAP’, according to FEU head coach Nash Racela, but it also makes for some compelling television as well. Both teams are aching to end a nine and 60-year title drought, respectively, and are also seeking redemption after they fell short in last year’s Final Four.

For the fifth consecutive season, select games of the UAAP men’s basketball finals will be aired live on ABS-CBN Channel 2. But despite the fact that they have aired the finals for five years, there were only three potential championship clinchers that aired on Channel 2; namely, 2011’s Ateneo-FEU Game 2, and Games 2 and 3 of last year’s La Salle-UST finals.

Let’s face it, in spite of the high ratings that ABS-CBN enjoyed with the UAAP, the one thing that is holding them back is its programming lineup. Since Channel 2 began broadcasting the UAAP men’s basketball finals, the only day that Channel 2 was able to broadcast is on Saturday afternoons, as timeslots on other days of the week were shut out in favor of teleseryes, and in the case of Sundays, ‘The Buzz’.

That said, ABS-CBN should have been figuring out this mess already. Perhaps they can use this setup: Game 1 on a weekday via ABS-CBN Sports+Action, and all potential clinchers on a Saturday via ABS-CBN Channel 2.

With this setup, more viewers will be interested in a possible must-win game rather than an appetizer of a series opener. But then again, this approach will depend on weather conditions that may postpone any game.

Nevertheless, this year’s finals between FEU and NU should be an interesting one, regardless of which ABS-CBN channel will air the game live. While the Finals won’t have the benefit of a popular star like Kiefer Ravena or Jeron Teng to fill viewers’ appetites, it should still give them plenty to cheer for two teams with contrasting yet proud UAAP legacies.

And with that, may the best team win. Good luck.


11 thoughts on “Improving the UAAP Finals Setup on Channel 2

  1. Calculus says:

    The good thing is that the DLSU vs ADMU battle for 3rd place game is not placed on a prime time slot, which kind of unfair for the Finals round between FEU and NU.

    • There is no such thing as a Battle for Third in the UAAP. Never had, never will.

      Unlike in the international game, there is no 3rd place game in both college and pros, simply because teams tend to play poorly due to lack of motivation, thus such games end up in anticlimactic fashion.

  2. Remember, its not ABS-CBN who decided what days The Finals will be, its the UAAP. ABS is just the broadcaster. No choice ang ABS kundi sundin ang schedule ng UAAP and air it on S+A or, if available, ABS.

    I have a suggestion: Why not have Game 3 3 or 4 days after Game 2 instead of a week lay-off? Para hindi nakakainip sa mga players at fans. Personally, I hate to have to wait an entire week just to witness the penultimate game in The Finals. Hopefully the UAAP changes their mind in having the final game a week later.

    • Depending on venue availability, they can do that. However, pwede rin namang mag-usap ang ABS and UAAP regarding that matter.

      And the last time UAAP played a Finals game on a Sunday was in 2009. So since Channel 2 joined in the act, umiiwas na sila sa Sunday kapag Finals. They can still play a Finals game on Sunday, even if ABS 2 can’t carry it because of The Buzz. Pwede pa ring mapagusapan ito ng malaki kahit nasa S+A ito.

    • Then again apektado ang Luv U dito. Mr. Sunday had a similar suggestion, kaso napamura si JRDV about that, thinking that it would only sacrifice the other entertainment shows. At least if it airs on a Saturday, only Failon Ngayon and SOCO will be affected, since they are current affairs programs na pwede namang i-defer.

      • YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND MR. SUNDAY!!!! No way will ABS pre-empt Luv U, not a chance. Kung teleserye nga ayaw i-preempt, eto pa, weekly teen-oriented show na maganda ang viewership. Think about it.

        Let me remind you of what JRDV said in response to your suggestion of UAAP games on Channel 2 on a Sunday:

        “Kung ikaw si Charo Santos, Mr. Sunday, would you sacrifice your high-rated TV programs every Sunday for a UAAP game? Gagawin mo ba yan for the sake of your amusement of sports?

        Kung oo, then f*** you. We should leave UAAP Games to ABS-CBN Sports + Action.”

        Got it? Just leave it as it is.

    • Same as last year. ABS-CBN opted to air the first game on both Channel 2 and 23 to avoid any confusion. Those who are more familiar with 23, and those who could not access 23 at all, they’ll benefit from this multi-cast.

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