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ABS-CBN Sports Erroneously Advertised Game 2 of UAAP Finals as Airing on Channel 2

Ateneo did win after all at UP’s expense.

And it was not even close. Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals ended with a 99-81 score in favor of the Blue Eagles, clinching their tenth championship and eighth in this millennium.

But in the days leading up to Game 2 there was some confusion as to which channels would air the game. A look at ABS-CBN Sports’ Facebook page and it was clear that their social media team screwed up with the announcements.

This post was taken last Tuesday.

Then they made another post hours prior to the game.

The same posts were tweeted on ABS-CBN Sports’ Twitter account, although the latter post was deleted a few hours later. Either way this was a perplexing situation.

The photo stated that Game 2 would be aired on ABS-CBN Channel 2, S+A, via live stream on ABS-CBN Sports’ official website and iWant. However, Channel 2 did not advertise the game at all, and instead aired episode teasers of ‘Kadenang Ginto’, ‘Los Bastardos’, ‘Pinoy Big Brother Otso’ and ‘Meteor Garden’ throughout the morning and early afternoon last Wednesday.

Sure enough, Channel 2 continued on with Kapamilya Gold while Game 2 ended up airing only on S+A. In short, ABS-CBN Sports social media made quite an epic gaffe over the announcement.

Since 2009, ABS-CBN Sports’ contract with the UAAP allowed for at least one game of the Finals to air on Channel 2 (usually on Saturdays). However, Channel 2 ended up airing only Game 1 on most seasons and rarely does the channel air the more compelling Games 2 and/or 3 which are potential championship clinchers.

With the addition of S+A as a secondary option in 2016, ratings of the UAAP finals on Channel 2 saw some precipitous drops, and this year was no exception. Game 1 of the 2018 Finals between Ateneo and UP on Channel 2 only finished with an 11.2% rating, whereas GMA shows ‘Wish Ko Lang’, ‘Imbestigador’ and ’24 Oras Weekend’ posted better numbers.

There are two things that are to blame for Channel 2’s low ratings of the Finals. First, viewers were more accustomed to watching the game on S+A (especially now with the addition of the ABS-CBN TVPlus), and second, Game 1 was not even significant to begin with as there is nothing on the line except the first victory.

That said, with the Finals on Channel 2 experiencing low ratings of late, perhaps ABS-CBN Sports should make some adjustments to the airing schedule. Since Game 1 is not that important, they should look at Games 2 and 3 as potential ratings draws and schedule them on a Saturday so that Channel 2 can join in.

If not, just abandon said practice and air all games on S+A only. That could be a fair deal.

The good news is that the ‘Battle of Katipunan’ UAAP finals attracted many spectators and viewers alike. But unless ABS-CBN does something smarter to make the finals more enticing, expect lower ratings in future games on Channel 2.

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UAAP Final Four and Finals to Stream Only on iWant and ABS-CBN Sports Website

Talk about making some restrictions.

The UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four is currently in progress with Ateneo already clinching the first slot of the Finals while Adamson and UP continue to dispute the other ticket. Unfortunately for viewers who are on a road trip or are away from home, they only have two choices to watch the rest of the tournament.

On ABS-CBN Sports’ official YouTube page, they posted a live stream of rolling advisories redirecting viewers to watch the UAAP Final Four on iWant and ABS-CBN Sports’ official website. The statement that will greet viewers is as follows:

“Watch all the games of the Final Four live on sports.abs-cbn.com or iwant.ph!”

In short, there is no live stream of the UAAP Final Four on ABS-CBN Sports’ YouTube channel at all. Instead, viewers can only watch the games online for free on the ABS-CBN Sports website or the iWant app (the latter requires user registration).

The same approach will apply during the UAAP women’s basketball stepladder playoffs, of which ABS-CBN Sports began covering in earnest. Considering last week’s debacle during the cheerdance competition (the YouTube stream crashed on occasion due to the heavy volume of viewers), it only made sense for ABS-CBN to avoid a repeat of such incident.

It also encourages the network to take full use of other sporting events that would have otherwise been inaccessible to the public. For instance, the Premier Volleyball League and the NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball tournament will still be available live and free on the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube channel, because the network wants to promote the sport of volleyball very seriously.

As for the possibility of airing the men’s basketball finals anew on ABS-CBN Channel 2, it remains to be seen if the network will still push through with the plan. Considering ‘It’s Showtime”s recent penchant for working overtime, ABS-CBN Sports executives might as well stick with only S+A and live stream for the series.

The UAAP men’s basketball Final Four continues Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. with Adamson and UP disputing the last Finals slot. Game 1 of the Finals will begin Saturday.

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UAAP and PVL Finals Forces MPBL Game to Air on LIGA

Here is some good and bad news for basketball and volleyball fans.

Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Finals will be aired live on ABS-CBN’s S+A at 6:30 p.m. tonight. At the moment, UP leads FEU by one game in this best-of-three encounter and can clinch the championship with a win.

Meanwhile, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will have a doubleheader scheduled in Bataan as well. However, only one game (Bataan vs. Valenzuela after the PVL Finals) will be aired live on S+A.

The reason: priorities over a particular sporting event. As the UAAP men’s basketball tournament is already underway, S+A considers this league as its first priority due to the UAAP’s immense popularity and appeal.

Today’s UAAP doubleheader will have UST vs. FEU followed by UP vs. Ateneo starting at 2:00 p.m. Which leads to the second priority in the PVL Finals.

ABS-CBN Sports and PVL organizer Sports Vision decided to schedule the finals on primetime so as not to conflict with UAAP basketball and to allow a wider audience to watch the game. Which then leads to the third priority in the MPBL.

Because of S+A’s aforementioned scheduling priorities not to mention that it is currently in the elimination stage, the MPBL had no choice but to air the first game in Bataan on sister channel LIGA. The game in question pits Pasig and San Juan.

This will mark the first time that the MPBL will be aired on LIGA. The good news, though, is that both games in Bataan will still be simulcast on the MPBL Facebook page.

Going back to the PVL, Game 2 of the Battle for Third between Adamson and UST will only air on LIGA and on the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube page as it will take place at around the same time as the UP-Ateneo UAAP basketball game. The match will be aired on a delayed basis this Friday on S+A after the NCAA basketball games.

Overall, S+A has a packed Wednesday lineup coming up. And it was good to see ABS-CBN resolving this scheduling dilemma in advance so as to benefit its legions of sports fans.

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Postmortem: UAAP Season 80 on ABS-CBN S+A

Another UAAP season has closed.

For the most part, UAAP Season 80 was a success. Some new champions were crowned and a few reigning titleholders were able to defend their gold, while new stars emerged and others bowed out.

As for the coverage on ABS-CBN S+A, there were some hits and misses as well. Here is a look back at what the network was able to do in Season 80.

New Upfront

The third season of ‘UAAP Upfront’ eschewed the live pregame presentation in favor of a straight-up lifestyle program dedicated to showcasing the lives of UAAP athletes away from their respective sports. It also aired exclusively during weekends, which helped mitigate whatever production costs S+A endures during live broadcasts.

UAAP Insiders

During the men’s basketball season, S+A added an extra on-air talent known as a UAAP Insider, featuring former courtside reporters Ganiel Krishnan, Angelique Manto, Ira Pablo and Pauline Versoza. Unfortunately, the addition of a UAAP Insider cut some exposure away from the new batch of courtside reporters, and this role was eventually cut prior to the women’s volleyball tournament.

Courtside Reporters

This season’s batch featured no holdovers and the first to feature men since Season 74. However, Adamson representative Nicole Sumagui was dismissed for poor performance and was replaced by predecessor Stef Monce for the rest of the men’s basketball tournament, and Armand Hernandez during the women’s volleyball tournament.

This year’s cast also featured Martie Bautista (Ateneo), Eileen Shi (La Salle), Sydney Crespo (FEU), Miguel Dypiangco (NU), Migs Gomez (UE), Agatha Uvero (UP) and Tonie Moreno (UST). Performance-wise it was satisfactory, but if not for the UAAP Insiders their potential would have been unleashed further.

The Entry of LIGA

Late January saw the launch of LIGA, the new cable channel of ABS-CBN’s Creative Programs Inc. This enabled ABS-CBN Sports to go deeper into UAAP live coverage as it aired the first game of men’s volleyball doubleheaders (plus second game of Sunday doubleheaders) as well as the finals of the softball and baseball tournaments.

Lack of First Semester Coverage

But while the second semester UAAP tournaments were extensively covered by ABS-CBN Sports, the first semester tournaments still leave a lot to be desired. The most noteworthy omission is women’s basketball, which for the most part played on the same day as their men’s basketball counterparts, yet only the finals were aired on S+A.

With the entry of LIGA, perhaps the time is now for the UAAP women’s basketball tournament to be taken seriously. Your call, ABS-CBN.

Overall, UAAP Season 80 broadcasts was good, but still not great. Yes, the slogan for the season was ‘Go for Great’, but in terms of coverage, it was still not above standard as any UAAP fan would want.

With Season 81 taking place in a few months’ time, there are still some kinks with which ABS-CBN Sports must address. That said, it will be interesting to see how the network will change its approach come next season.

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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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Live Blog: 2017 ASEAN Summit on ANC (Part II)

The 2017 ASEAN Summit is up and running, as heads of ASEAN nations as well as other world dignitaries converge to discuss various political issues that affect both their countries and the world. At around the same time, the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit also takes place, focusing on business concerns surrounding the ASEAN region.

The ABS-CBN News Channel and CNN Philippines are the primary channels that will cover in detail the ASEAN Summit. For this live blog, I will focus on ANC, so keep refreshing this blog for the latest updates on their coverage.

10:00 a.m.

The speech ends. Meanwhile, Peter Lundgreen is at the 8 Rockwell studio being interviewed by Annalisa Burgos.

Yes, 8 Rockwell studio is still open at 10:00 a.m.

10:10 a.m.

Outside, today has some uncommonly hot November weather. But inside the main ANC studio, Annalisa Burgos still looked as cool as a cucumber.

Annalisa is no stranger to big events such as the ASEAN Summit. She may be a relative newcomer on ANC, but journalism has been her calling card for years now.

10:20 a.m.

Not much activity right now. Inside the CCP, there’s plenty of dancing during the opening ceremony, while Annalisa does some recapping of this morning’s news.

10:25 a.m.

At the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, Michelle Ong is live-tweeting the proceedings as we speak. Expect some video highlights from said event in the coming hours.

10:30 a.m.

ASEAN Summit protests are well underway. Stay safe, journalists on site.

10:35 a.m.

Live stream of the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit is available on the GoNegosyo Facebook page. If not, follow Michelle Ong’s tweets.

With all the news related to the ASEAN Summit going on, ANC is doing its best to keep viewers company. Thank goodness for social media in adding further context to the story.

10:45 a.m.

After another brief look at the headlines, ANC is now reairing Cathy Yang’s interview with George Barcelon. Not much going on right now.

In the meantime, didn’t we mention that Cathy is once again nominated for Best Anchor at the 2017 Asian Television Awards? She previously won three awards in the same category in the early 2000s, all while based in Hong Kong working for Bloomberg Asia.

10:55 a.m.

Now business has picked up anew. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is delivering his speech at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit with the help of an interpreter.

Oh no, ANC cut short that speech a few minutes later. Commercial break time.

11:00 a.m.

Back at ANC’s coverage of the 2017 ASEAN Summit. And another summary of the headlines.

A plenary session among the ASEAN and world leaders is now underway.

11:10 a.m.

President Duterte now presiding the ASEAN Summit plenary session.

And they cut short his speech anew. Goodness gracious.

11:15 a.m.

After over four hours covering the live blog, a lot has taken place as far as interviews and live feeds are concerned. As lunch time draws near, activity slowed down somewhat.

In the meantime, enjoy the ‘replay’ of the headlines on ANC right now.

11:20 a.m.

ANC was about to go back to Medvedev’s address at Solaire but the speech came to an end. We will have to wait for the summary.

In the meantime, here is a spoiler of Cathy Yang’s interview with GoNegosyo’s Joey Concepcion.

11:30 a.m.

Cathy Yang is back live at Solaire, this time with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala as guest. Looks like Cathy has quite a day ahead of her.

11:45 a.m.

Annalisa Burgos is about to wrap up her shift, so why not take another look at the headlines. A few minutes later, Cathy Yang has another guest in ICTSI’s Enrique Razon.

While Cathy interviews Mr. Razon, we can also point out that both are alumni of De La Salle University like yours truly. And the gymnasium where the Green Archers and other DLSU varsity teams practice was named after Mr. Razon’s father.

We can also mention that the Green Archers won last night against the Ateneo Blue Eagles to force a Final Four in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball.

In the meantime, enjoy some serious talk on improving the traffic situation with these two.

11:58 a.m.

Annalisa Burgos ends her shift. Now she can relax and breathe easily after a three-hour run inside the ANC studio.

In the meantime, I presume that Karmina Constantino will be coming up next.

12:05 p.m.

If baseball has the seventh-inning stretch, this live blog has the 12 o’clock stretch. Time to stretch a bit.

Back at ANC, Karmina Constantino is now on board, but not at the main ANC studio. She is now anchoring inside the ANC newsroom studio where many of their newscasts take place.

Oh, and Christian Esguerra is at the PICC where all the media partners are based right now. Not to mention that he took off his tie following his time at 8 Rockwell.

12:15 p.m.

Around this time, KC and Christian were talking about the ASEAN Summit and the latest news that took place today. This is like a mental lunch to me.

Speaking of lunch, time to serve some.

12:30 p.m.

Protests, protest and more protests.

12:35 p.m.

Wilnor Papa of Amnesty International is at the studio now, discussing ASEAN’s need to address the Rohingya crisis. Time to feed my brain some more.

12:50 p.m. 

KC and Christian are back to continue their conversation on the ASEAN Summit. This is starting to get more interesting.

If you are watching this coverage from the start, ANC has been utilizing the generic ASEAN 50 motif shortly after the end of ‘Headstart’ instead of the title cards of their programs. After all, this is a special coverage that will last the entire day.

1:00 p.m.

Cathy Yang’s interview with Joey Concepcion is now on the air. This is obviously recorded several hours earlier.

At this time, the ASEAN Summit is on a lunch break. They are expected to resume at around 2:00 p.m. today.

Stay tuned for Part III.

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