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V-League strikes coverage deal with ABS-CBN
Mark Escarlote on May 24, 2016 05:39 PM
Catch volleyball stars Alyssa Eroa, Alyssa Valdez and Grethcel Soltones in the V-League on ABS-CBN Sports+Action.
The country's first amateur volleyball league received a huge shot in the arm as the V-League struck a partnership with broadcasting giant ABS-CBN Tuesday.
League organizer Sports Vision chairman Moying Martelino officially announced the deal that will give the league a wider scope of coverage.
“Nagkaroon na kami ng meeting with ABS-CBN and there has been an agreement and definitely ABS-CBN Sports will be covering the Shakey’s V-League,” said Martelino, who was accompanied by Sports Vision General Manager Cito Martelino during the announcement at UCC Café in Capitol Commons, Pasig.
Games in the 13th V-League starting with its Open Conference that will roll its thrilling action on Saturday will air live over ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23 and ABS-CBN Sports+Action HD Channel 166. Fans can also catch hostilities between the eight teams competing for the crown via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/vleague.
"The contract will still have to be signed but we already had a handshake, nagkaayusan na kami that this will be aired by ABS-CBN Sports," added Martelino, who added that the latest date of the formal inking of the deal could be on Thursday. “I’m very happy because the games will be carried live.”
“It is really a big thing because people would want to watch the game live,” he added.
The double header playdates are scheduled every Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with the first game starting at 4:00 p.m. while the nightcap is at 6:30 p.m.
The teams competing are Pocari Sweat, Bali Pure, Philippine Air Force, National University, University of the Philippines and provincial squads Laoag, Iriga and Baguio.
On Saturday, NU takes on Laoag in the curtain-raiser followed by the Pocari Sweat-UP joust.
Format of the tournament is a double-round eliminations. The top four teams will advance in the semifinals with the top team taking on the no. 4 seed and the no. 2 squad facing the no. 3 team in a best-of-three series.
The Finals is also a best-of-three affair.
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