ABS-CBN Sports


ABS-CBN Sports was a sports division of the Philippine media conglomerate ABS-CBN, which airs some of the notable sporting events in the Philippines.

ABS-CBN Sports
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Launched1998 (1998)
ClosedAugust 31, 2020 (2020-08-31) (legislative franchise lapsed)
Division ofABS-CBN Narrowcast
Country of originPhilippines
OwnerABS-CBN Corporation
Key people
  • March Ventosa (Head, ABS-CBN Narrowcast)
  • Dino Laurena, (Head, ABS-CBN Integrated Sports)
  • Peter Musñgi, (Consultant, ABS-CBN Integrated Sports)
HeadquartersQuezon City
Major broadcasting contracts
Sister network
Original language(s)Filipino (main)
English (secondary)
Official websiteOfficial website

ABS-CBN Sports began in 1998 as the main broadcaster for the network-backed basketball league Metropolitan Basketball Association which introduced the home-and-away play format in the Philippine basketball landscape. Simultaneous with that (shortly before the MBA collapsed), it acquired the broadcast rights to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (Philippines) (NCAA) collegiate basketball leagues, which bolstered Studio 23's ratings and at the same time aligned further toward the said channel's programming thrust to the youth.

ABS-CBN Sports also supplant contents to their sports channel S+A aired on UHF Channel 23 (main channel) and SkyCable Channel 166 (HD channel). The division also maintains their official website, sports.abs-cbn.com, one of the top sports news websites in the Philippines.

On July 15, 2020, ABS-CBN Corporation announced that its sports division will cease its operations on August 31, 2020 following the cease-and-desist order issued by the National Telecommunications Commission due to the expiration of ABS-CBN's legislative franchise to operate and its denial of a new franchise by the House of Representatives.[1][2][3]

Following the closure, several sports rights including UAAP and the PVL were transferred to One Sports, while NCAA was transferred to GMA Network. Despite the closure, ABS-CBN remains the broadcast partner of the MPBL through A2Z Channel 11, as of March 2021.

Final programsEdit

Exclusive contractEdit

Note: Titles are listed in alphabetical order followed by the year it debuted in parentheses.



Previous programsEdit

Past programs & notable coverageEdit

Sports broadcastersEdit

Final on-air staffEdit

  • Dyan Castillejo (Sports Correspondent, Top Rank Boxing Play-by-play, Sports U host and ABS-CBN News sports reporter)
  • Christian Luanzon (UAAP/MPBL Basketball Analyst)
  • Alan Edgar Consebido (NBA on ABS-CBN/UAAP/E-Sports/MPBL Lead Play-by-play, ABS-CBN News anchor)
  • Leo Isaac (MPBL Basketball analyst)
  • Bea Daez (UAAP Basketball analyst)
  • Enzo Flojo (UAAP Basketball analyst)
  • Judy Saril (PVL Courtside Reporter)
  • Migs Gomez (MPBL Lead Play-by-play)
  • TJ Manotoc (ABS-CBN News Sports Correspondent for North America)
  • Miguel Dypiangco (MPBL lead play-by-play)
  • Roxanne Montealegre (MPBL Courtside Reporter)
  • Olsen Racela (NCAA Basketball analyst)
  • Renren Ritualo (NCAA Basketball analyst)
  • Rodney Santos (MPBL Basketball Analyst)
  • Sheila Salaysay (MPBL Courtside reporter)
  • Cedelf Tupas (MPBL Lead Play-by-play)
  • Jeanine Tsoi (PVL Courtside reporter)
  • Nikki Viola (MPBL Courtside reporter)
  • Synjin Reyes (PVL Lead play-by-play or courtside reporter)
  • K Realubit (MPBL Courtside reporter)
  • Sydney Crespo (MPBL Courtside reporter)
  • Aiyana Perlas (MPBL Courtside reporter)
  • Nikko Ramos (UAAP Lead Play-by-play)
  • Martin Antonio (MPBL Lead Play-by-play/NCAA Basketball Analyst)
  • Migs Bustos (ANC Gametime anchor and UAAP/NCAA Basketball analyst)
  • Marco Benitez (The Score substitute anchor and UAAP Basketball analyst)
  • Vince Velasco (PVL Courtside Reporter)
  • Jing Jamlang (UAAP/PVL Lead Play-by-play)

Past on-air staffEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Philippines top broadcaster ABS-CBN denied new licence". BBC News. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  2. ^ Philip Matel (2020-07-16). "ABS-CBN Sports, longtime home of numerous leagues, signs off". tv5.espn.com. Retrieved 2020-07-18.
  3. ^ News, ABS-CBN (2020-07-16). "Final buzzer sounds for ABS-CBN Sports". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 2021-07-15. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  4. ^ a b c "TEN REASONS WHY IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BE A KAPAMILYA SPORTS FAN". ABS-CBN Social Media Newsroom. April 17, 2016. Archived from the original on April 17, 2016. Retrieved April 18, 2016.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "SIGNED AND SEALED: Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League coming to S+A". ABS-CBN Sports. January 10, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Official website