The start of August shocked many Filipino soccer fans when Fox Sports Asia and Star Sports decided to relinquish their broadcast rights for the Premier League in favor of BeIN Sport. However, some good news was finally relayed to by none other than ABS-CBN Sports.
In a simple tweet, the Balls Channel announced that they will be carrying the broadcast of the Premier League for the 2013-14 season and beyond. This is a welcome development for Filipino soccer fans, who waited with bated breath as to which network will carry the most popular soccer league in the world.
Balls will carry at least two to four games per week throughout the season, some of which will feature top clubs like defending champion Manchester United, contenders Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, and newly promoted clubs Hull City, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City. In addition to live games, a highlight and preview show will also be aired.
The Premier League is not the only soccer event covered by Balls. They will continue to air the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and FIFA-sanctioned competitions throughout the 2013-14 season, culminating in the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup.
As a member of the Lopez Group umbrella, Balls Channel is exclusive only through SkyCable and Destiny Cable, which means Cignal and Dream subscribers won’t have an opportunity to watch the Premier League. Nevertheless, Filipino soccer fans should expect a lot of goals, spectacular saves, and end-to-end action as the Premier League season begins on the Balls Channel, available on Channel 34 (SkyCable) and Channel 36 (Destiny) in standard definition.