GMA Network and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have officially signed the landmark deal covering the broadcast rights for NCAA Season 96 to 101—including the centennial year of the Philippines’ first athletic league in 2024.
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing was held on Thursday, Dec. 17, at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila.
The five-and-a-half-year partnership will allow viewers across the Philippines and around the world to catch the NCAA games on GMA News TV, GMA Pinoy TV, and via online streaming on www.GMANetwork.com.
GMA is set to broadcast the league’s major sports such as basketball, volleyball, swimming, athletics and cheerleading. Further, the Men’s Basketball Finals will be aired on the Kapuso Network’s main channel, GMA-7.
GMA Network chairman and chief executive officer Felipe L. Gozon earlier expressed his gratitude to the NCAA board for trusting GMA to become their new home. He likewise assured that NCAA made the right choice to be with the number one network.
“This team-up with the country’s first athletic league is very much meaningful for us in GMA. We are looking forward to showing everyone the world-class talent of our young Filipino student athletes, and rest assured that we will only give what is best for them as GMA Network wholeheartedly welcomes the NCAA into our home.”
GMA Network president and chief operating officer Gilberto R. Duavit Jr. said: “Having the opportunity to serve as a platform for the NCAA in shaping our future national athletes is indeed an honor for the Kapuso Network. The fans and supporters of the NCAA can expect that GMA will pull all the stops to bring the best collegiate sports viewing experience for everyone.”
“More than putting ink on paper, this MOA between the NCAA and GMA Network is really an act of hope, committing the 10-member schools of the first and longest-running collegiate athletic league in partnership with the number 1 multi-media network, to fulfilling the dreams of our student-athletes to healthy and safe competition, and inspiring our school communities and the entire country towards a better way of engaging and enjoying sports, especially in the context of this pandemic,” shared Season 96 policy board president Fr. Rector Clarence Victor C. Marquez. (PR)