On Thursday, ABS-CBN Sports + Action bid goodbye after six years of service. The ABS-CBN S+A was launched in January 2014 as a replacement for the ABS-CBN’s sister station Studio 23. It served as the home channel for sports programs in the past including UAAP and other sports tournaments before it was reformatted to a whole new program that is Sports + Action.
But on Wednesday, the network announced that they will "layoff workers starting August 31 after 70 lawmakers voted to kill the Kapamilya network's broadcast franchise application." And it includes the sports program of the network.
ABS-CBN announces that it will layoff workers starting August 31 after 70 lawmakers voted to kill the Kapamilya network's broadcast franchise application. pic.twitter.com/G80usNQMKH— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) July 15, 2020
ABS-CBN S+A carried 70% sports content while the remaining was allotted for news and entertainment. S+A became the home for UAAP and NCAA, as well as other sports. It allowed us to watch live coverage of sports for *free*, so to see it signing off is devastating especially for its employees, sports fans, and even the athletes who became part of it.
Athletes expressed their feelings on the closing of the sports station that became a part of their lives.
Let's look at some of them.
My heart and prayers go out to all the @abscbnsports staff that I worked with before. Kasama ko kayo sa pag-abot ng pangarap ko. ??????????— ???????????????????? ???????????? ???? (@Abymarano) July 17, 2020
I was once a floor director, analyst, DJ & live HD editor (my favorite job inside the OB van) during my OJT days. All the love ♥? pic.twitter.com/QY5FiopFVs
Thank you @abscbnsports kasi ikaw ang isa sa mga nagtupad ng mga pangarap ng players at isa na ako dun.
Thank you @gretchenho and sa ibang staff and boss ng ABS-CBN dahil po sa inyo nakilala ko po ang Nanay ko @mamabeast08 grabe isa sa di ko makakalimutan ???? https://t.co/VvRocYCZC5— Grethcel Soltones (@ladybeast05) July 17, 2020ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
I can’t imagine college sports w/o ABSCBN. I wouldn’t have the voice & the platform wo the network. Telling stories to inspire young children that they can become what they want to be— Angeline Gervacio (@dzigervacio) July 16, 2020
ABSCBN is about SERVICE- bringing news, edu, info, sports, entertainmnt & help in times of need
.... kasama ko sa pagtupad ng aking mga pangarap— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) July 16, 2020
Maraming salamat, @abscbnsports!
Mark my words. THE UAAP WILL NEVER BE THE SAME. PHILIPPINE SPORTS IN GENERAL. @abscbnsports gave so much opportunities to me and my fellow athletes. ????— Shaun Ildefonso (@ShaunIldefonso) July 16, 2020
Maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat ng oportunidad at sa lahat ng tulong sa iba’t-ibang sports at atleta sa ating bansa, @abscbnsports ??????????????— Katherine Bersola (@KB08_) July 16, 2020
Mahal namin kayo dami nyong natulungan katulad ko at sa mga atleta! Maraming Salamat sa lahat ???????? @abscbnsports ??????????— Cherry Ann Rondina (@Rondina011) July 16, 2020ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Tried composing a post last night but i can't seem to express everything no matter how hard or how long i try. No words. It's numbing. God knows what's inside our hearts. In behalf of all my fellow athletes, MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA LAHAT LAHAT @abscbnsports. ????— Carmela Tunay (@carmelaloo08) July 17, 2020
Bea de Leon
Thank you for making so many of our dreams come true. More than anything, volleyball gave me the biggest stage to be 100% me. Never felt I had to hide behind a mask on that court despite so many eyes watching. All because of @abscbnsports— Bea de Leon (@_beadel) July 17, 2020
Hanggang sa muli! ?????????? https://t.co/QRlSgP0qa0
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