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MPBL to jump ship after non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise



Tiebreaker Times MPBL to jump ship after non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise Basketball MPBL News  Strike Revilla Onyx Crisologo Manny Pacquiao Jonathan Sy Alvarado Eric Martinez Claudine Bautista ABS-CBN Sports+Action 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Cup

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is now looking for a new home.

After partnering with ABS-CBN S+A for its first four seasons, the league is studying its options, looking to go to either GMA or One Sports.

Unlike other sporting leagues in ABS-CBN, the MPBL is a blocktimer. This means that they are buying airtime to broadcast their games.

Moreover, the league also has its own production team.

Still, the league’s officials and team owners will sit down with owner Sen. Manny Pacquiao to discuss their next step.

Currently, the league looks to finish the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go Lakan Season, which still has one game left in its Division Finals and the National Championship series.

The fifth season of the league is targeting a June 2021 start.

Some of the representatives who voted in favor of junking ABS-CBN’s bid for a franchise renewal are also team owners in the league.

Rep. Strike Revilla owns the Bacoor Strikers; Rep. Claudine Bautista holds the Davao Occidental Tigers; Rep. Eric Martinez who supports Val City; Rep. Jonathan Sy Alvarado of the Bulacan Kuyas; and Rep. Onyx Crisologo possesses the Quezon City Capitals.

On the other hand, Basilan owner Rep. Mujiv Hataman was one of the 11 congressmen who wanted to renew the network’s franchise.

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