The PBA on One Sports is the branding for presentation of the Philippine Basketball Association basketball games which started since the 2011-12 season.[1][2] Telecasts are produced by One Sports (formerly Sports5 and ESPN5), the sports division of TV5 Network Inc., and aired through One Sports and PBA Rush, with simulcast and livestreaming on Cignal Play, Pilipinas Live and Smart LiveStream. Also, there is a separate coverage in English commentary on PBA Rush since July 15, 2016.

PBA on One Sports
Also known asPBA on AKTV (2011–2013)
PBA on Sports5 (2013–2017)
PBA on ESPN5 (2017–2020)
GenrePBA game telecast
Developed byOne Sports
Starringvarious commentators
Country of originPhilippines
Original languagesFilipino
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running timevaries
Original release
NetworkOne Sports (see broadcast history for details)
ReleaseOctober 2, 2011 (2011-10-02) –

TV5, formerly known as Associated Broadcasting Company (ABC), previously handled the coverage of the games from 2004 to 2008.



AKTV (2011–2013)

PBA on AKTV logo used from October 2011 to August 2012

From October 2011 to May 2013, the coverage was known as PBA sa AKTV (lit. transl.PBA on AKTV). The games were broadcast on Sports5's AKTV program block on IBC. This was the third time that the PBA aired on IBC. The first was from 1996 to 2002 when Vintage Sports and later Viva Sports handled the television coverage, and the second in 2003, when IBC became one of the two networks (the other being NBN) that covered the PBA.

Games are being broadcast live and a pre-game and post-game show entitled AKTV Center was added.

Move to TV5 (2013–2014)


After TV5 decided not to renew their blocktime agreement with IBC upon its expiration by May 2013 due to high blocktime costs and poor ratings, the broadcast coverage of the 2013 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals was temporarily transferred to TV5 with simulcasts with AksyonTV, an all-Filipino news and public affairs channel of TV5.[3][4]

Sports5 proposed to move the coverage of the PBA games to their sister channel AksyonTV starting with the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup.[5] The league however rejected this move since the contract between them and Sports5 states the league should be aired on a VHF channel. Sports5 then offered to air the second game of a doubleheader playdate on their main TV network TV5, one hour after the first game finishes, with the first game to be aired on a delayed basis after the second game (similar on what Vintage Sports did to the coverage of the PBA Games from 1982 to 1986). However, both games will be aired live on AksyonTV. This proposal was denied by the PBA Board of Governors since this violates the terms of their contract with Sports5.[6]

The broadcast of the games returned to IBC for the duration of the 2013 PBA Governors' Cup (up to the semifinal round) as a compromise after the PBA disagreed to Sports5's request to permanently transfer the coverage to TV5 and/or Aksyon TV.[7] The finals series for Governors' Cup were aired live on TV5.

In November 2013, Sports5 and Fox Sports Asia have entered in an agreement to air the Wednesday PBA games for the 2013–14 season live on the cable channel. It will have its own English speaking broadcast panel to properly cater the cable channel's audience.[8]

For the 2013-14 Philippine Cup eliminations, the games were aired on the following schedule:[9]

Game day TV5 AksyonTV Fox Sports Asia (Wednesdays only)
Weekdays First Game: Delayed (11PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
Saturdays First Game: Live (3:30PM)
Second Game: n/a
First Game: Live (3:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
Sundays First Game: Live (3:00PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)
First Game: Live (3:00PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:30PM)

The schedule for the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup has been slightly altered starting March 17, 2014, having the Saturday doubleheader games being aired live on TV5, with a lone game scheduled during Mondays and Wednesdays, to maximize TV5's weekday schedule.[10] As a result, the simulcast at AksyonTV was discontinued.[11] The weekday live airing of the games was returned on starting March 26[12] after several PBA fans reacted negatively about the delayed airing of the first game.[13] The following schedule was also applied for the 2014 PBA Governors' Cup.

Game day TV5 AksyonTV Fox Sports Asia (Wednesdays only)
Weekdays First Game: Delayed (11PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: n/a
First Game: Live (5:30PM)
Second Game: Live: (8PM)
Saturdays First Game: Live (2:45PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:15PM)
none none
Sundays First Game: Live (3:00PM)
Second Game: Live: (5:15PM)
none none

Sports5 (2014–2020)


Beginning with the 2014–15 Philippine Cup, all games will be broadcast live on TV5 with simulcasts on AksyonTV and game days (all double headers) will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Provincial games will be held during Saturdays which is the only single header game day. The coverage is also live-streamed via, where pre-game and post-game analysis are also featured. The radio coverage was also transferred to TV5's FM radio network Radyo5 from the previous DZSR AM network.

The same schedule is also being followed during the 2015–16 season, except that the AksyonTV simulcast was discontinued. When Sports5 got the exclusive airing rights of UFC, they re-activated the previously dormant Hyper HD channel and began simulcasting the PBA games in HD starting in January 2016.

To further utilize the simulcast setup of Sports5, they have assigned a different broadcast panel for TV5 and Hyper/Cignal. TV5 have the Taglish commentary while Hyper/Cignal have English language commentary.

A separate channel was assigned for PBA broadcasts beginning July 15, 2016, named "PBA Rush". The said channel also features game replays and specials.

In October 2016, TV5 President and CEO Chot Reyes told the media that the league renewed its contract with Sports5 for three more seasons.[14]

As Sports5 inked a partnership with global sports media network ESPN on October 12, the broadcast coverage of the PBA games were carried over by the new ESPN5, and the new service was soft-launched on Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Finals on October 13.

One Sports (2020–present)


The program was rebranded as "PBA on One Sports" on March 8, 2020, to reflect the changes in TV5's sports division.

Since the 2023–24 season, TV5 has partnered up with multiple networks to broadcast the PBA games as TV5 President Guido Zaballero stated that the channel began shifting its focus on entertainment and news programs. In October 2023, PBA entered into an acquired agreement with ZOE Broadcasting Network and ABS-CBN Corporation to broadcast the league's games on A2Z, with all ABS-CBN programs being temporarily affected by the changes in programming during game days. The PBA games still airs on Cignal TV's PBA Rush through Pilipinas Live! streaming service.[15][16][17][18][19] On February 12, 2024, Tiebreaker Times reported that A2Z had ceased broadcasting of the PBA games.[20]

In December 2023, TV5 Network Inc. entered into an acquired agreement with Nine Media Corporation to broadcast the PBA games on CNN Philippines every Saturday and Sunday from January 6, 2024.[21][22][23] Following the shutdown of CNN Philippines on January 31, 2024,[24][25] the broadcast of the games was carried over to the replacement channel RPTV beginning with the 2023–24 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, and were extended to weekdays.[26]

High-definition broadcast


Sports5 had its first high-definition broadcast of the league's games during the finals series of the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup. It was aired exclusively to Cignal Digital TV subscribers through a pay per view assigned channel for free. Since then, the HD broadcast has been airing for free on Cignal except during the 2015 Commissioner's and Governors' Cups, which became pay-per-view exclusive. On January 8, 2016, the HD broadcast has been airing on Hyper HD. The HD broadcast was later transferred to the league's exclusive channel in Cignal upon launching of "PBA Rush" in July 2016.

The TV5 feed became available also in HD upon launching of TV5's HD channel on Cignal starting April 1, 2023, in turn making the PBA games air in HD.



One Sports uploads the highlights of all PBA games on the One Sports' YouTube channel. From 2021 to 2023, select games are being livestreamed through the Puso Pilipinas and Smart Sports Facebook pages.

Beginning with the 2023–24 season, the PBA games will be livestreamed via Pilipinas Live streaming service. Games from the 2020 season up to present are available for on-demand viewing.



For the duration of the 2011-12 Philippine Cup Eliminations, "Showdown" by The Black Eyed Peas was used as AKTV's main theme music for the PBA games in addition to the generic sports theme used during halftime and interview segments. A different sports theme music was used starting from the semifinal round of the Philippine Cup. This was still used up to the finals of the 2012 Governors Cup.

For the 2012–13 PBA season, a theme music entitled "Kampihan na!" was used on their on-air presentation. During the Philippine Cup, AKTV used a version of this theme without vocals. The vocals were later added during the elimination round of the Commissioner's Cup and was used until the Governors' Cup. A different theme was introduced during the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Commissioner's Cup entitled "Tuloy ang Laban", which was also used sporadically during the Governors' Cup.

A remixed version of the "Kampihan na!" theme was used for the 2013–14 season. The remixed theme was used during the Philippine Cup, however a different background music was used for the Commissioner's and Governors' Cups.

During the 2014–15 season, "Ito ang Liga" which was composed by Jungee Marcelo and Thyro Alfaro and interpreted by Ebe Dancel, Sam Concepcion and rapper Gloc-9 is used as the main theme of the league's 40th season. An instrumental version, as well as a different rendition of the song, is used as bed (background music) and on the opening billboard during the coverage.

A new theme entitled "Liga ng mga Bida" performed by Abra and Aya of Project Pilipinas, was introduced for the 2015–16 season. It is used as the background and OBB music of the coverage. Generic background music was also used for the 2016 Commissioner's and Governors' Cup and also used during the 2016–17 Philippine Cup.

For the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, a new theme was introduced entitled "We Are PBA" performed by Quest. It was used as the background music of both TV and radio coverage until the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup.

"Ito ang Liga" was reinstated for the 2017-18 PBA Philippine Cup Finals and was used until the 2022-23 PBA Commissioner's Cup, albeit being altered to fit the mottos of the following seasons:

Beginning October 17, 2022, amidst the middle of the 2022-23 PBA Commissioner's Cup, a new official theme song was introduced, entitled "Level Up," also performed by Thyro Alfaro, although, the "Ito ang Liga" was still being used as secondary theme song and for in-venue music purposes.[28]

For the 2023-24 PBA season on A2Z, the "Level Up" theme song has a new rendition introducing the PBA's new slogan. "Angat ang Laban" is the title of new rendition, retaining the other lines from the lyrics of "Level Up". This was used during 2023-24 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

Broadcast history (free to air)

  • AKTV on IBC (October 2, 2011 – May 12, 2013)
  • Sports5 on IBC (August 14, 2013 – October 7, 2013)
  • Sports5 on TV5 (May 15–19, October 11, 2013 – October 8, 2017)
  • ESPN5 (October 13, 2017 – January 17, 2020)
  • One Sports (March 8, 2020 – July 30, 2023)
  • A2Z (November 5, 2023 – February 11, 2024)
  • CNN Philippines (January 6–28, 2024)
  • RPTV (February 2, 2024 – present)

Pre/post game segments


List of broadcasters


TV panel



Magoo Marjon and Quinito Henson anchors a game between San Miguel Beermen and NLEX Road Warriors at the Cuneta Astrodome last December 9, 2015.
  • Don Allado (game analyst (PBA Rush): 2016–2019)
  • Aaron Atayde (PBA Rush: 2011–2017)
  • Chuck Araneta (PBA Rush: 2017–22)
  • Ramon Bautista (Sports5 Center segment host, 2013–14)
  • Patricia Bermudez-Hizon (AKTV Center host, 2011–12)
  • Lia Cruz (Home Court segment, 2012)
  • Mara Aquino (MoneyBall host, sideline reporter: 2014–2018)
  • Richard del Rosario (AKTV Center host, 2011–13)*
  • James Velasquez (2012–2020)
  • Mich Del Carmen (sideline reporter: 2017)
  • Ai dela Cruz (sideline reporter: 2014–2015)
  • Tony dela Cruz (game analyst (PBA Rush), 2017–2019)
  • Selina Dagdag-Alas (2016–2021)
  • Rizza Diaz (halftime show host, sideline reporter: 2013–2019)
  • Rado Dimalibot (play-by-play, game analyst: 2012–2014, 2015)
  • Kenneth Duremdes (game analyst, 2012–13)
  • Amanda Fernandez (game analyst, play-by-play, sideline reporter (PBA Rush): 2018–2019)
  • Carla Lizardo (2014–2020)
  • Ysa Chong (2022)
  • Jayvee Gayoso (game analyst: 2016–2017)
  • Sel Guevara (sideline reporter: 2011–2013, 2014–2018)
  • Mico Halili (play-by-play: 2011–2015)
  • Vince Hizon (game analyst: 2016–2017)
  • Jojo Lastimosa (game analyst, Sports5 Center analyst: 2011–12, 2014)
  • Frankie Lim (game analyst, 2011–2014)
  • Miakka Lim (sideline reporter, 2012)
  • Cesca Litton-Kalaw (sideline reporter: 2018–present)
  • Chino Lui Pio (Sports5 Center host: 2016–2018)
  • Jessica Mendoza (sideline reporter, 2011–13)
  • Eric Menk (game analyst: 2017)
  • L.A. Mumar (sideline reporter, 2011–12)
  • Erika Padilla (Sports5 Center host, sideline reporter: 2011–2017)
  • Trish Roque (Sports5 Center host, sideline reporter: 2016–2017)
  • Benjie Paras (game analyst, AKTV/Sports5 Center analyst, 2012–2014)
  • Barry Pascua† (game analyst, 2011)
  • Nikko Ramos (play-by-play, sideline reporter, Sports5 Center host, MoneyBall host: 2012–2014)
  • Jinno Rufino (sideline reporter (PBA Rush): 2019)
  • Judy Saril (MoneyBall host: 2014, sideline reporter)
  • Angelika Schmeing-Cruz (sideline reporter, 2011)
  • Anthony Suntay (play-by-play: 2015–2018)
  • Luigi Trillo (game analyst: 2014)
  • Jason Webb (game analyst: 2011–2014)
  • Sam YG (Sports5 Center segment host, 2013–14)
  • Noel Zarate (play-by-play: 2014–2017)

Fox Sports panel

  • Jude Turcuato (play-by-play, 2013–2015) (Also worked as VP for Territory Head of Fox International Channels Philippines)
  • Patricia Bermudez-Hizon (play-by-play, 2013–2015)
  • Vince Hizon (game analyst, 2013–2015)
  • Charles Tiu (game analyst, 2013–2015)
  • Ronnie Magsanoc (game analyst: 2014–2015)
  • Shawn Weinstein (play-by-play, 2014–2015)
  • Kirk Long (game analyst, 2014–2015)
  • Nicholas Nathanielsz (play-by-play, 2015)
  • Aaron Atayde (play-by-play: 2013–2014)
  • Mico Halili (lead play-by-play: 2013–2015)
  • Jason Webb (game analyst, 2013–2014)
  • Alex Compton (game analyst, 2013–2014)
  • Chiqui Reyes (play-by-play, 2013–2014)
  • James Velasquez (play-by-play, 2013–2014)
  • Nikko Ramos (play-by-play, 2014–2015)
  • Andrei Felix (play-by-play, 2015)

Radio coverage panel

  • Chuck Araneta (play-by-play, studio host)
  • Koy Banal (game analyst)
  • Apple David (studio host)
  • Mich Del Carmen (studio host)
  • Rizza Diaz (studio host)
  • Jolly Escobar (play-by-play, game analyst)
  • Wesley Gonzales (game analyst)
  • Carla Lizardo (studio host)
  • Ali Peek (game analyst)
  • Cesca Litton-Kalaw (studio host)
  • Chiqui Reyes (play-by-play, game analyst)
  • Benjie Santiago (play-by-play)
  • Renren Ritualo (game analyst)
  • Boybits Victoria (game analyst)
  • James Velasquez (play by play, studio host)
  • Jinno Rufino (studio host)


  • Mara Aquino (studio host)
  • Denise Tan (studio host)
  • Noel Zarate (play by play)
  • Barry Pascua† (game analyst)
  • Joanne Ignacio (play-by-play, studio host)

* - denotes that the broadcaster can only host if their affiliated PBA team had no game for that coverage day.

See also



  1. ^ TV5 to broadcast PBA games,, July 8, 2011
  2. ^ PBA, TV5 to seal partnership, Nelson Beltran, The Philippine Star, July 7, 2011
  3. ^ MediaQuest block time agreement with IBC ends in May, MVP says Archived April 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine retrieved April 11, 2013
  4. ^ TV5 to keep airing PBA games live despite end of deal with IBC retrieved April 12, 2013
  5. ^ TV5 to keep airing PBA games live despite end of deal with IBC retrieved April 12, 2013
  6. ^ ‘No decision yet’ on PBA broadcast schedule on TV5, AksyonTV
  7. ^ PBA, TV5 agree to air Governors’ Cup on IBC-13
  8. ^ FOX Sports' live airing of games adds much-needed reach to PBA telecast, Reuben Terrado, Spin.PH, November 18, 2013
  9. ^ GUIDE | PBA Broadcast Schedules on TV5 and AksyonTV, InterAKTV, November 21, 2013
  10. ^ GUIDE | Commissioner’s Cup broadcast schedule, InterAKTV, March 10, 2014
  11. ^ Confused on why PBA games are no longer shown on Aksyon TV 41? Here's the answer, Snow Badua,, March 19, 2014
  12. ^ Sports5 backtracks, brings back live airing of PBA weekday twinbill first games on Aksyon TV 41, Reuben Terrado,, March 25, 2014
  13. ^ Tim Cone among those left fuming by 'terrible' delayed airing of PBA first game on TV5, Reuben Terrado,, March 21, 2014
  14. ^ Chot Reyes eyes European reinforcement for Gilas, Marc Anthony Reyes, Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 26, 2017
  15. ^ "Change court: PBA moves to new free-to-air TV channel A2Z". One Sports. October 17, 2023. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  16. ^ "PBA games will now be shown on A2Z". October 17, 2023. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  17. ^ "PBA finds new home in A2Z channel". October 17, 2023. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  18. ^ "'Let's go back to normal': PBA upbeat on brand new season". The Philippine Star. October 17, 2023. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  19. ^ "Some ABS-CBN shows to give way to PBA on A2Z". ABS-CBN News. October 17, 2023. Retrieved October 17, 2023.
  20. ^ "A2Z ceases PBA broadcasts". Tiebreaker Times. February 12, 2024. Retrieved February 19, 2024.
  21. ^ "CNN PH to air weekend E.A.T., PBA games starting Jan. 2024". CNN Philippines. December 22, 2023. Archived from the original on December 22, 2023. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  22. ^ "E.A.T., PBA games to air on CNN PH". January 5, 2024. Archived from the original on December 22, 2023. Retrieved January 5, 2024.
  23. ^ Amojelar, Darwin G. (January 26, 2024). "Nine Media owner confirms CNN Philippines shutdown". Manila Standard. Retrieved January 31, 2024.
  24. ^ Rivas, Ralf (January 29, 2024). "CNN Philippines shuts down as losses mount". Rappler. Retrieved January 29, 2024.
  25. ^ "Statement on the cessation of operations of CNN Philippines". CNN Philippines. January 29, 2024. Archived from the original on January 31, 2024.
  26. ^ de Castro, Isagani Jr. (February 1, 2024). "After CNN PH closure, Manny Pangilinan's TV5 launches RPTV on Channel 9". Rappler. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  27. ^ One Sports (June 10, 2022), "PBA Game Tayo Dito Theme Song (OFFICIAL)", YouTube (in Tagalog), retrieved June 12, 2022
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