Philippines, Sports, television

Philippines-Australia FIBA Basketball Game Earns an SPG Rating

Call it the ‘BasketBrawl in Bocaue’.

The FIBA Asia qualifying game between the Philippines and Australia at the Philippine Arena Monday night was marred by a bench-clearing brawl. The following posts should summarize the series of events that took place.

At the moment, FIBA is still taking a closer look at the incident, with the possibility of sanctions and suspensions to be announced in the coming days. Meanwhile, Basketball Australia and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas issued an official statement with regards to the brawl, while players expressed remorse on social media over their involvement.

This incident became the talk of the sporting world for all the wrong reasons. And as expected many netizens on social media were not happy about a competitive basketball game turning into a wrestling match.

The Philippines-Australia match was aired live on T5N last night and like all live sporting events on Philippine free TV it earned a Parental Guidance (PG) rating from the MTRCB. However, in subsequent rebroadcasts of the match on T5N and AksyonTV, MTRCB gave it a Strong Parental Guidance (SPG) rating for language and violence in light of the incident.

Never before in Philippine television history has a non-combat sporting event earn an SPG rating due to circumstances beyond its control. While live sports is usually attended and watched to by people of all ages, such incidents are sometimes unavoidable and can also be traumatizing.

Still, such untoward incidents would have been prevented had the referees lay down the law and play the peacemaker role between two sides. Unfortunately for the referees in Bocaue, it’s either they are not competent or strict enough to do their job.

That said, this incident between the Philippines and Australia will forever live on in Philippine television infamy, both for its impact and its consequences in the game of basketball. It will be interesting to see what new narratives will come out of this, so stay tuned for further details.

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21 thoughts on “Philippines-Australia FIBA Basketball Game Earns an SPG Rating

  1. We all know we couldn’t get over and still won’t due to impending potential consequences once the findings will be released within this week, especially the worse part — suspension from membership and loss of participation in basketball in SEA Games next year (just like what happened in 2005) and the hosting rights the FIBA World Cup in 2023.

    • Anonymous says:

      I don’t it will necessarily come down to that, losing the rights to host the competition, especially with this being an isolated event and the FIBA WC still five years from now. With that said, I could see the team being suspended for a while. There will be sanctions, but at worst I can only see individual players or the team being suspended, but not losing the WC.

  2. Jose Tiamson says:

    And the fans still though that what the 9 gilas players did was right. That was some bullcrap coming from our fans. No wonder other nations calls us names.

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