THE Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) is now looking for a new 'home'
MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said he got a marching order from founder and CEO Sen. Manny Pacquiao to search for a new coveror days after the bid of broadcast partner ABS-CBN to acquire a new franchise was denied by the House of Representatives recently.
“Yes, the MPBL is open to TV networks with best offer,” Duremdes told sportswriters yesterday after a lengthy meeting with the boxing icon.
Through a landslide 70-11 vote, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises last week denied ABS-CBN’s application for a new 25-year franchise that left MPBL and other sports leagues without a broadcast partner.
Since the league foundation in 2018, the MPBL has been with ABS-CBN (S+A Channel) through a block-time deal that already lapsed last March.
The MPBL has not disclosed a certain network just yet as its possible destination but it’s hoping to find a partner that is willing to cover the games on prime time like its previous set-up with ABS-CBN in the league’s first four seasons.