For one and a half seasons, the University of Athletic Association of the Philippines has been forced to cancel its tournaments due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
Second semester student-athletes from Season 82 will have to sit out almost two years before they can play again, while their first semester counterparts will most likely sit out more than a year.
The eight member schools of the league recently decided to enforce a ‘no face-to-face class, no-play’ rule.
But it’s most likely that the country will only receive its share of the pie in late 2021. That is, until a private entity steps up.
Enter SMART Communications Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan.
The MVP group is currently in talks for procuring vaccines for its companies. And it is willing to give a helping hand to its partner.
“If we could procure a vaccine, we will try to get for you. We could certainly allocate some to the UAAP,” said the amiable executive.
Clearly, the partnership between SMART, Cignal, and the UAAP goes beyond simple broadcasting.