BRISTOL-based ESPN returns to the country after a long hiatus as it agreed with TV5 for a five-year collaboration that will cater to its Filipino sports fans.
“TV5 is not dead,” said TV5 president Chot Reyes. “We are the authority in sports.”
Through this tie-up, TV5’s Sports 5 will now be rebranded as ESPN 5, encompassing all sports coverage of the station which will be launched today in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.
The ESPN 5’s current portfolio includes PBA, Fiba competitions, Gilas Pilipinas, UFC and Philippine SuperLiga. It also now holds the rights of marquee National Football League games which has started airing two weeks ago.
“ESPN’s focus around the world is simple: to serve sports fans. This long-term collaboration across television and digital allows us to jointly serve millions of sports fans in the Philippines with exceptional content and coverage,” said ESPN APAC Vice President and General Manager Mike Morrison.
“We are very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead as we bring ESPN’s great content, and decades of experience in sports media together with a dynamic leader in Philippine sports broadcasting like TV5.”
Other ESPN programming to be included for the Filipino sports audiences are US NCAA basketball and other college sports championships from baseball, softball, lacrosse and American football, Indianapolis 500 race, X Games, esports and throwback boxing competitions.