NCAA comes home to ABS-CBN

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 18, 2015 02:35 PM
NCAA comes home to ABS-CBN
HOMECOMING. After three years, the NCAA is returning and is here to stay with ABS-CBN.

Three years away from the home of collegiate sports was much too long.

It all ended on Monday as the NCAA announced that they have re-united with ABS-CBN to bring back the country’s oldest collegiate league to the biggest broadcast partner.

“I hope this is the start of a fruitful partnership with ABS-CBN for the years to come,” Mapua CEO and NCAA president Dr. Reynaldo Vea said.

Vea added, “With our partner, we hope we’ll be able to strengthen the brand of NCAA. We hope we could be the leading league in the country.”

The renewed partnership is initially set for 10 years beginning with Season 91. “It’s providential that we are landing a new partnership with the NCAA in its most historic decade from the 91st season to the centennial year,” ABS-CBN head for integrated sports Dino Laurena said.

According to Laurena, ABS-CBN will broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and women’s volleyball playoffs.

Laurena clarified, however, “Basketball and volleyball would be the key games covered, but let it be known that we will be covering the entire season in various ways and means.”

NCAA games will be shown live on ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 23 every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The San Juan Arena will host majority of elimination games while the Mall of Asia Arena will hold marquee match-ups.

Season 91 will open on June 27 at the MOA Arena with a ceremony Vea promised to be great.

The first game will feature reigning five-peat champions San Beda battling season hosts Mapua at 2PM followed by a clash between Final Four teams Arellano University and Jose Rizal University at 4PM.

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