October 13, 2021 | 11:23
MANILA, Philippines – The sports website of ESPN5, one of the leading sports information portals in the Philippines, closed its operations on Wednesday morning.
This was confirmed by some of the website staff in a series of posts on Twitter.
You all know https://t.co/wNyqmI74ob, don’t you? It will be approximately until 11:59 pm tonight. At midnight, it will no longer exist. There will still be ESPN content available tomorrow, but the partnership with TV5 ends tonight. I’m proud to have worked with some of the best. Cheers!
– Charlie T. Cuna (@CharlieC) 12 October 2021
Sharing some thoughts on the last day of Filipino sports coverage by https://t.co/H2Rq8TnGMm (and a screenshot of the last local article posted under the ESPN5 brand. Many thanks to the always kind @manilacone!)
See you soon and thank you for supporting us! pic.twitter.com/WfiY2e2JXq
– Eros Villanueva (@erosvillanueva_) 12 October 2021
As some of you already know, today is the last day of https://t.co/B4wyl2lXMN.
Hearing this news came as a total surprise to me and my colleagues as we didn’t know our future in sports writing.
– Philip Martin Matel (@philipptionary) 12 October 2021
Sad to see the ESPN5 site disappear. Thanks to everyone I was able to work with there @Sid_Ventura @CharlieC @NoelZarate @carlo_pamintuan @chuck_araneta @juttsulit @paodelrosario @janbballesteros @richava @erosvillanueva_ @philipptionnaire @charmieness @yo_sarmenta https://t.co/Png4l8Dhvu
– JC Ansis (@jcansis) October 13, 2021
As of March 2020, ESPN International did not renew its content partnership agreement with TV5 / Cignal, prompting the latter to rename its sports channel to One Sports and remove ESPN5 brand programming from its programming.
The partnership continued online, however, as tv5.espn.com remained operational with local sports news until staff members confirmed they were severing ties with the website on Tuesday evening.
While the tv5.espn.com website remains live at time of publication, it is now devoid of local content.
A source who requested anonymity said Philstar.com that plans are underway to launch a standalone One Sports website but have yet to be executed.
TV5’s partnership with ESPN became official on October 12, 2017, with the former acquiring the domestic rights to some of the latter’s US and international shows. These include boxing matches on ESPN Classic, races on the IndyCar series, and select NFL games, including highly anticipated Super Bowl games.