MANILA, Philippines – Good news for Filipino football fans.
ABS-CBN Sports has partnered with Thailand-based holding company Triple CH to bring three of the biggest football leagues in the world to free TV in the Philippines through ABS-CBN Sports+Action.
The partnership will bring the English Premier League, La Liga, and the UEFA Champions League to Filipino fans, who will be able to watch selected matches live.
"We're going to be showing three very big leagues, and these are all now coming to our shores on free television," ABS-CBN Integrated Sports head Dino Laurena said in a press conference on Thursday.
"Mapapanoond na po natin ang English Premier League, La Liga games, and the UEFA Champions League. Not delayed – these are all going to be live games," he said. "Yes, the impossible has happened."
Triple CH chairman Bernard Sumayao, a Filipino who has since moved to Thailand, said that this is the right time for them to come to the Philippines and once again introduce the best football leagues in the world to the nation.
"I jumped at the opportunity," said Sumayao, whose Triple CH company acquired the broadcast rights to the three leagues from global sports entertainment company beIN Media Group.
"It's not much for business. For me, it's personal more than it is business," added Sumayao, who explained that he wants to elevate football as a sport in the Philippines.
More than showing the football games, Sumayao also intends to help Philippine football from the grassroots level all the way to the national team, with the formation of football academies.
Filipinos can start watching the Premier League on December 2, the La Liga on December 3, and the Champions League on December 6.
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