PFL soon to air live coverage

BACOLOD. Coaches Ian Treyes and Noel Marcaida shake hands while players Martin Steuble and Camelo Tacusalme look on in yesterday's press conference for the 2018 Philippines Football League at Panaad Park. Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic is still suspended until May by the Philippine Football Federation. (Henry G. Doble/SunStar Bacolod)

MATCHES of the Philippines Football League (PFL) will soon return on air and be broadcasted live.

This was disclosed by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President and Liga Futbol Inc. (LFI) Chairman Mariano Araneta following the recent board meeting held at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Araneta said that the LFI, the governing body of PFL, is now securing a broadcast partner for this season after the board approved the budget.

“We have approved a lot of things like the budget for the live coverage of the games and we hope the league and the clubs will benefit from it,” he added.

He also hopes that with the live coverage – aside from their present live streaming by Sportradar, it will further bring the league closer to the fans.

Moreover, with the live coverage, it will also boost its viewership as well as its commercial value.

It was recalled that during the inaugural season of the PFL, PTV4 was the league’s initial broadcast partner but wasn’t able to sustain the coverage for an undisclosed reason and turned the coverage through live streaming until today.

The LPI Board also approved the naming of the inaugural Cup – which will unfold later this year with all the six participating PFL teams slated to join for a chance of securing a slot to represent the country in next year’s Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

The Cup will be dubbed as Copa Paulino Alcantara – to commemorate the Filipino and Barcelona football legend and his contribution of putting the country in the international spotlight.

“Well, we really need to move forward and approve these things because they are needed to enhance the league,” Araneta said.


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