PBA on Viva TV

The PBA on Viva TV was a presentation of Philippine Basketball Association games on Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation by Viva Entertainment after the company absorbed Vintage Sports.

PBA on Viva TV
Developed byViva Sports
Starringvarious PBA on Viva TV commentators
Country of originPhilippines
Original languagesFilipino
English
Production
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time2 hours (airs Wednesdays and Fridays)
4 hours (airs Saturdays and Sundays)
Release
Original networkIntercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseFebruary 20, 2000 (2000-02-20) –
December 25, 2002 (2002-12-25)
Chronology
Preceded byPBA on Vintage Sports (1982–1999)
Followed byPBA on NBN/IBC (2003)
RelatedPBA on Vintage Sports (1982–1999)

HistoryEdit

In late 1999, Vintage Television was bought by media giant Viva Entertainment. Prior to the acquisition, Vintage Television have signed a three-year broadcast deal with the PBA earlier that year worth 770 million pesos. They defeated GMA Network, in its bid to enter into the sports broadcasting scene following ABS-CBN's coverage of the then-existing Metropolitan Basketball Association.

From 2000 to 2001, Viva TV broadcast PBA games on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays with out of town games covered on Saturdays either live, tape-delay or aired days later. In 2002, at Viva's request, the league scheduled its games on Tuesdays and Thursdays with one game from 6–8, and two double-headers on Saturdays and Sundays to accommodate the airing of the local version of two popular game shows that was also produced by them; (The Weakest Link and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?). This led to a sudden decrease in ratings and the league shifted back its 2001 schedule at the start of the semifinals of the Commissioner's Cup.

Noli Eala and Ed Picson were the main play-by-play commentators from 2000 to 2002. However, Picson left the network at midseason following a fallout between him and the network. He would return to cover PBA games for the PBA on ABC broadcast in 2004.

At the end of the 2002 season, Viva left a significant amount of debt to the league. They tried to bid for a new contract with the league but was defeated by the NBN-IBC consortium.

Viva-TV aired its last PBA games on Christmas Day 2002 during Game 4 of the 2002 All-Filipino Cup between the Coca-Cola Tigers and the Alaska Aces. Incoming commissioner Noli Eala and Tommy Manotoc were the commentators for its last run.

CommentatorsEdit

Play-by-playEdit

  • Noli Eala
  • Mon Liboro
  • Chino Trinidad
  • Ed Picson
  • Benjie Santiago
  • Anthony Suntay
  • Boom Gonzalez

AnalystEdit

Courtside reporters & Halftime HostsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

Preceded by PBA TV coverage partners
2000–2002
Succeeded by