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FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup to Air on ESPN5

The Philippines’ premier preseason tournament for college basketball has found a new home.

When the 12th edition of the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup kicks off on April 21, it will have a new television partner. For this season, ESPN5, via T5N and AksyonTV, will broadcast a select number of games plus the entirety of the playoffs.

Here is the game schedule of the upcoming FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup. All games will take place at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

All seniors teams of the UAAP and NCAA will participate in the tournament. However, the biggest surprise came when the cadets of the Gilas Pilipinas national team announced that it will join the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup, with each of its games to be treated as official matches and not mere exhibitions.

This will mark the first time that ESPN5 will cover live Philippine college basketball games since the rebrand last year. Prior to that, the then-Sports5 was home to the NCAA seniors basketball tournament from Seasons 88 to 90 (2012-15); this does not include the 2016 CESAFI which aired on AksyonTV but produced by VIVA.

It will also mark the return of the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup to Philippine television for the first time since 2016. Last year none of its games were aired on television and were streamed live on Facebook instead.

While the games featuring the Gilas cadets will headline ESPN5’s coverage, it will also take a look at the legendary Ateneo-La Salle rivalry that will have new recruits getting their first taste of this long-running saga. In addition, old NCAA rivalries between San Beda and La Salle, and Ateneo and San Beda, will also be aired.

As for non-televised games, these are expected to air on the FilOil Flying V Sports’ Facebook page. Highlights of these games will also be featured on SportsCenter Philippines.

The FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup will run from April 21 to June 24.

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4 thoughts on “FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup to Air on ESPN5

  1. Anonymous says:

    >Basketball
    MVP’s network just doesn’t learn do they?

    On a side note, I heard that they recently partnered with Netflix. Thoughts on that?

    • You can say that again.

      On the side note, you are talking about Brillante Mendoza’s “Amo”? I could’ve written about that move but I regret ditching it in favor of the summer identification and its tendency since I know someone will not write about it because it has a bad stigma and decided to occupy between ABS and GMA. Period.

      • Anyway, let’s leave it at that because it has nothing to do with the article. The good news is that the FilOil tournament is on TV. The bad news though is that ABS-CBN Sports is no longer the broadcaster and ESPN5 will take care of it. Of course since Gilas cadets will play then it was just the right call for FilOil to convince ESPN5 since the latter airs Gilas games. Then again, ESPN5 is not the type that covers college basketball in the Philippines so we’ll see how this turns out.

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