TV5 and Cignal TV are proud partners of the Philippine Basketball Association, which serves as a pioneer in returning live local sporting events in the Philippines. While the country is still struggling to fight the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the PBA paves the way for other local sports leagues to resume play given the new normal, delighting generations of its loyal followers.
In October 2020, the PBA games will return live via TV5 and One Sports and in high-definition via PBA Rush on Cignal TV. When the 45th PBA season kicked off in March 2020, the campaign “Tayo Ang Bida” (We are the Protagonists) emphasized the fans and those working behind the scenes as the true most valuable players.
“Just as the PBA was gaining momentum, the world stopped yet in the midst of a pandemic, we try our best to be heroic because we, the PBA community, aren’t just players, coaches, staff or fans,” Cignal TV and TV5 president and chief executive officer Robert P. Galang stated. “We’re also families who hold on to each other for love and friends who continue to lean on each other for support. By bringing back LIVE PBA Games across our various platforms on Cignal TV and TV5, we play a part in bringing the PBA’s message of inspiration, hope and resilience, and the highest-quality basketball entertainment in the country.”
Various content from within the PBA Bubble will be released on a daily basis on top of the live games across TV, digital and various news platforms. All the games will be played at the Angeles University Foundation Gym in Pampanga, Philippines adjacent to the Clark Freeport.
The various teams started entering the PBA Bubble on September 26, 2020 with daily games starting on October 11, 2020. It will follow a single round elimination format followed by the top 4 twice-to-beat quarterfinals, then best-of-5 semi-finals and lastly, the best-of-7 finals for the top two teams to determine this conference’s winner.
The first game will be aired at 4:00 p.m. and the second game at 6:45 p.m. Fans can watch the games live every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday on TV5 or tune in daily (Monday-Sundays) on One Sports and PBA Rush.
The games are also available LIVE via Facebook and YouTube livestream, Radyo5 and Cignal Play, ensuring that PBA fans do not miss any of the PBA action, wherever they may be. For more information and updates: Visit TV5, One Sports and PBA Rush on Facebook or TV5, One Sports and PBA Rush on YouTube.