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GMA to broadcast PSL as Cignal Spikers move to Premier Volleyball League

The Philippine Superliga (PSL) makes a major move as it finds a new home in GMA Network.

PSL chairman Philip Ella Juico confirmed on Tuesday, February 16, in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum that GMA is the league's new broadcast partner.

"We’re starting anew as of today because we’re starting negotiations with GMA7 as our new TV partner," said Juico.

This comes after the recently-professionalized Premier Volleyball League (PVL), which was considered PSL's rival league, struck a broadcast deal with Cignal TV last February 4.

Shortly after, PLDT announced that it will turn professional with the PVL, and Juico confirmed on Tuesday that the Cignal Spikers will be moving to the other league as well.

"We were told on a very short notice that Cignal is joining the other league. Well since Cignal is joining the other league, we have no other sensible reason to stay in TV5," added Juico.

According to Juico, GMA will start broadcasting the delayed PSL Invitational Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup on February 26 to 28 at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

As for the indoor volleyball tournament, the PSL is still waiting for new announcements from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and has decided to postpone the March 15 start date, upon the request of the teams as well.

"For the coming indoor season, which was supposed to start on March 15, it was moved back upon the request of the teams. They need more time to practice and that will give us more time to finish our presentations with GMA," said Juico.

Juico also revealed that the 3 teams – F2 Logistics, Chery Tiggo, Sta. Lucia – have remained committed to league, while they are looking to add two to 3 more teams.

PVL team Petro Gazz, though, was invited to join the tournament as a guest team.

Other PSL mainstays such as Generika-Ayala, Petron, and Marinerong Pilipino have backed out of this season due to other reasons outside of the league.

"So we are concerned, but we are not anxious because the league has been a successful league, it has a reputation. It remains as strong and as high quality as before. It remains to be the favorite of the fans," said Juico. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as “Bee”, Beatrice is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Phillippine sports governance, national teams, football and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.

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