It’s a pretty eventful week in terms of controversial events in Philippine Sports at the moment and it isn’t the weekend yet!
But given that the events have circulated or have been circulating quite rampantly in both social and traditional media, we’ll list them down here.
VOLLEYBALL: Premier Volleyball League games in Tuguegarao not being aired on TV
Volleyball fans have been very vocal last Sunday, May 13, in social media when the games were only available on livestream and not on television.
This drew the ire of the sports’ followers, complaining not only because of the absence of television coverage but also because of livestream’s quality.
The furore prompted the PVL management and network ABS-CBN S+A to hold a discussion on televising more games since the initial agreement between the two parties was the network agreed to televise only the opening, semifinals and finals matches of the import-flavored conference as per ABS-CBN S+A channel and production head Vince Rodriguez.
Hi Wade, our agreement with the league was live tv coverage of the opening, semis and finals matches. We are discussing how to provide more tv matches.
— Vince Rodriguez (@vincerodriguez) May 13, 2018
BASKETBALL: Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League ruling on height limit and “Fil-Ams”
MPBL was the talk of the town for the past weeks, mainly in a positive light because of how the league’s growth and its objective of providing a platform for growing local basketball talents who weren’t given a crack at the pro and elite university leagues.
Related article: Discussing issues in the MPBL
However starting last Saturday, a new ruling that each team should only have 1 Fil-Foreigner and a height limit of 6’4″ drew polarizing reactions from fans.
Former PBA player Rob Reyes was one of the first to react via Twitter.
Coming out of Twitter retirement to voice my disgust with rules like this:https://t.co/gKYfZGH1c3 if you hold a Phil Passport you are pinoy
— Rob Reyes (@theREALrob22) May 12, 2018
Bobby Ray Parks Jr. also tweeted his sentiment on the matter, especially that the issue directly involves him.
As of last Wednesday evening, MPBL officials along with representatives from its now 25-strong teams held a meeting to discuss on the league format and the ruling on Fil-foreigners.
FOOTBALL: Ceres Negros’ Martin Steuble gives his honest opinion on Philippine local football in a regional tournament
Azkals and Ceres Negros defender Martin Steuble voiced out his opinions during the AFC Cup post-match interview after getting an aggregate win against Yangon United on the local league (PFL) and the Philippine Football Federation citing that the club is not receiving support from both.
💯 @Martin_Steuble keeps it real❗ 💯
The @CeresNegrosFC defender did not mince his words during his post-match interview after his team reached the @AFCCup Zonal Finals with an aggregate win against @YangonUnitedFC.#AFCCup2018 #YGUvCRN pic.twitter.com/z0rabFfSS5
— FOX Sports PH (@FOXSports_PH) May 16, 2018
It is to note that the PFL does not have TV coverage at the moment and is airing its matches via livestream, at the same time one PFL club, Global Cebu has already released a statement that the club is having financial difficulties.
Yeah, it’s a pretty eventful week indeed in sports and it seems something is not fundamentally right in the local sporting landscape at this very moment.