By Kyle Encarnacion
MANILA — The oldest collegiate league in the country, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), has on Friday, sealed a deal with GMA Network in a virtual memorandum of agreement signing Thursday that will bind them as league and broadcast partner until 2025.
Tentatively set to open in the second quarter of next year, the NCAA Season 96 with Colegio de San Juan de Letran as host will be sharing with GMA Network the broadcasting of NCAA games that will spread not just on basketball, but other sports as well.
“This team-up with the country’s first athletic league is very much meaningful for us in GMA,” said GMA Netwrok Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Felipe Gozon.
The deal will give GMA exclusive coverage of games of the league during its historic centennial anniversary celebration in 2024.
“We are looking forward to show 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,” said Gozon.
Others who witnessed the historic MOA signing were GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto Duavit Jr., NCAA president Fr. Clarence Victor Marquez, OP; and NCAA Management Committee chairman Fr. Vic Calvo, OP, of Season 96 host Letran.
The NCAA will be shown on GMA News TV, GMA Pinoy TV and via online streaming on http://www.GMANetwork.com with the men’s basketball finals to be aired on the Kapuso Network’s main channel, GMA-7.
“We believe that with GMA as our partner, NCAA will be the country’s No. 1 collegiate league,” said Calvo. (AI/MTVN)