Philippine Basketball Association (partially found broadcasting footage of Filipino basketball games; 1975-present)

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Philippine Basketball Association logo.

Status: Partially Found

The Philippine Basketball Association is a Filipino men's professional basketball league and is the first professional basketball league in Asia, established in 1975.

The matches are broadcast on Philippine TV stations, and it's no exception that there is lost or missing footage.

TV coverage[edit | edit source]

PBA was first covered by KBS-9 in 1975, able to secure the contract with one million pesos. PBA then switched to BBC-2 in 1976 which is owned by the Benedicto. PBA went back to KBS in 1977 until 1978 when it switched to GTV-4 when the league tied up with Media Specialists, Inc. (MSI) owned by former congressman Romy Jalosjos. MSI bought airtime from the government network to show the games as a blocktimer until 1982 when Vintage Enterprises of Carlos Velez was able to acquire the rights to air the games again on BBC-2, now known as City2. It's known as PBA on Vintage Sports or PBA on VTV. Vintage Sports switched channels afterward, so as PBA, from City2 (1982-1983), MBS-4 (formerly GTV-4 and what became PTV-4, 1984–1995), and IBC-13 (1996-1999).[1][2]

In 2000, Vintage Enterprises was brought by Viva Entertainment. Prior to the acquisition, Vintage Television has signed a three-year broadcast deal with the PBA in 1999 worth 770 million pesos, thus changing its branding to PBA on Viva TV. In 2002, NBN-4 and IBC-13 took over the league's TV coverage rights after winning over Vintage Enterprises. The consortium signed an agreement to the PBA to cover the games for three years, paying the league almost 670 million pesos.[3] IBC stopped broadcasting PBA games at the end of October 2003 due to allegations by IBC that NBN had not paid close to 30 million pesos in rights' fees while NBN continued on until the finals of the 2003 Reinforced Conference. PBA disbanded a broadcasting consortium between the NBN-4 and IBC-13 after the 2003 season due to poor performance and disappointing ratings. In January 2004, PBA began a contract with the Associated Broadcasting Company to broadcast PBA games for one year, beating bids from Solar Sports and a group led by former Vintage Television owner Bobong Velez. ABC-5 backed out in 2008 due to financial constraints. However, ABC-5 still rebranded their PBA coverage during their August 2008 relaunch as TV5 in the middle of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference Finals.

On May 27, 2008, PBA announced that Solar Sports had won the rights of PBA. Solar would also provide additional coverage on its Basketball TV cable channel. PBA was soon then aired on Solar's C/S9, later rebranded as Solar TV, on VHF Channel 9. PBA was soon then aired on Studio 23 in 2011 after Solar announced seeking a new broadcast television partner for its PBA coverage due to Solar TV's upcoming relaunch with a new lineup aimed more towards women. In October 2011, PBA switched again to IBC, on its primetime programming block AKTV, thus its rebrand PBA sa AKTV. PBA then switched channels to TV5 in 2013 but moved again to IBC in the same year on 2013 albeit under the Sports5 production, however, switched channels again to TV5. It was also aired in Fox Sports until 2016, AksyonTV from 2013-2015, Cignal HD Channel 198 from 2014-2016, Hyper in 2016, and PBA rush from 2016-present.

Availability[edit | edit source]

The inaugural game of PBA on April 9, 1975, is lost, there is only a surviving photograph with Ms. PBA (Mia Montemayor) tossing the ceremonial ball between Cisco Oliver of Mariwasa and Ramon Lucindo of Concepcion. It is known that the first game was aired after the second game in 1975 on KBS-9 (now RPN-9/CNN Philippines) and GTV-4 (now PTV-4) in 1978 after the 30-minute news. The oldest known surviving footage of PBA is from November 12, 1976, during the Toyota-Crispa fight uploaded by Jojo Bailon.[4] PBA themselves released 1980s PBA footage, the earliest is July 8, 1982,[5] while the earliest full game footage not uploaded by PBA is from 1980. Although there are scenes uploaded from the 1970s-1980s, only a few of them has a full game, with some uploaded by PBA themselves.

The first seven seasons of the league's coverages are believed to be lost. Several playoffs games, including Ginebra games, are believed to be missing on the PBA Archives. It is believed that some clips or even full matches are in the hands of private collectors.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Images[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Oldest surviving PBA footage (Nov 12, 1976) uploaded by Jojo Bailon, reuploaded in YouTube.
Oldest surviving full PBA Match.
Oldest PBA footage that uploaded it themselves, part 1.
Oldest PBA footage that uploaded it themselves, part 2.

References[edit | edit source]