The Lopez-owned ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. is washing its hands off any violation when it offered pay-per-view packages for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight five years ago.
In its comment to the quo warrant case seeking to revoke is franchise filed by the Office of the Solicitor General, ABS-CBN said: “It was Solar Sports which required that subscriptions to the live showing of the fight have a uniform fee of P2,500 per set-top box.”
Solar, owned by the bilyonaryo Tieng brothers, paid $10 million for the rights to aire the blockbuster fight in the Philippines.
ABS-CBN claimed that it merely “made preparations” for the live showing of the fight “primarily for the interest of Filipinos who wished to see the fight live, not through delayed telecast on free-to-air television.” The PPV for the match was accessed through ABS-CBN TVplus “black box” which had its commercial release two months before the mammoth event.
ABS-CBN admitted that it defied the National Telecommunications Commission order to cancel the live showing of the event. ABS-CBN said it received the NTC order on 29 April 2015 or less than a week before the 3 May 2015 fight.
ABS-CBN said it could not cancel the fight because “many viewers” had already subscribed to the PPV.
A day after the fight, ABS-CBN explained to the NTC its for defying its order. “NTC did not reply to ABS-CBN’s letter, and it did not initiate any proceedings against ABS-CBN either. This only means that to the NTC, there was no wrongdoing by ABS-CBN,” said ABS-CBN.
OSG claimed that ABS-CBN’s PPV package violated its franchise and was one of the grounds cited in the quo warranto case.
ABS-CBN, however, argued that even if it did violate its franchise itht eh PPV of the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout, “the potential penalty would only be a fine of not exceeding P200 per day for every day during which such default or violation continues… it certainly does not merit the revocation of the franchise.”