THE Premier Volleyball League yesterday confirmed that TV5 and GMA are interested in securing the broadcast rights of the now-pro league.
With the previous television partner ABS-CBN set the bar high in covering the PVL matches, Sports Vision president Ricky Palou is looking forward for what the two networks can offer for the league’s followers.
“We are waiting for commitments from them, the schedules on when they will show us, what days they are featuring our games. Which is important, we don’t want to be left hanging. We don’t want to be shown on a delayed basis. Our requirement is we want our games to be covered live,” said Palou during yesterday’s online Philippine Sportswriters Association.
TV5 and GMA used to cover the PVL’s precursor V-League in 2005-06 and 2013-15, respectively.
The PVL was forced to look for another coveror after ABS-CBN’s congressional franchise was not renewed by the House of Representatives last July.
It was during the time of the Lopez-owned network that the PVL games were shown live on ABS-CBN’s family of channels – on S+A 23 on free TV and Liga on cable on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Palou also said that the Games and Amusements Board can issue special guest licenses for the enlisted personnel who are playing in the PVL.
The PVL is still hoping for Army and Air Force to become guest clubs in the fourth season slated to open early next year.
“We are still looking at eight teams,” said Palou in the weekly sports session presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, with Upstream Media as webcast partner and powered by Smart.
Open Conference champion Creamline, Reinforced Conference titlist PetroGazz, Perlas, Choco Mucho, Motolite, BaliPure and Chef’s Classics will continue to compete.
The PVL is looking to hold a tournament in a bubble in Laguna, with Calamba’s INSPIRE Sports Academy and Los Baños’ Trace College emerging as potential hosts.
“Of course, nothing’s final yet, we’re still negotiating with them. And of course, we’ll be looking for a sponsor to help us with this
bubble tournament,” Palou said.
The PVL is now working with GAB to gain permission from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious
Diseases (IATF) for the clubs to start face-to-face training.
The PVL was supposed to open its fourth season last May but was shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The teams has stopped training last March when the Luzon-wide lockdown was enforced, forcing players to do home workouts.
“We wanna give the teams enough leeway to get their teams back into shape, and to be able to start working together as a team,” said Palou.
“Hopefully by the end of the month, we’ll be able to get the teams to be able to workout together,” he added.