Dark day for PSL fans: SABC can’t afford broadcasting rights


Cape Town – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is
struggling to secure the broadcasting rights for the local Premier Soccer
League (PSL)
.

It was a quiet weekend for Mzansi’s football fans who didn’t
have access to SuperSport, as they could not watch the opening weekend of the much-anticipated
ABSA Premiership.

On the eve of the season’s kick-off, the SABC announced that
it had not reached an agreement with SuperSport to broadcast the matches.

News24 reported that the sports broadcasting giant is asking R280 million for the 144
matches per year for five years. However, this would see SuperSport profit just
R9.8 million per annum.

“This would not have been a commercially viable
agreement for the SABC,” said SABC acting CEO Craig Van Rooyen.

“The SABC would like to apologise to all South
Africans. However, for the financial sustainability of the SABC, we will not
continue with deals that are not commercially viable.”

According to Joe Heshu, the MultiChoice (who owns
SuperSport) executive for corporate affairs, the SABC’s proposal was
effectively asking for a 96% discount on broadcasting rights.

“This grossly devalues the PSL and places its future
sustainability and the livelihoods of its players at severe risk,” added
Heshu.

“The offer is unacceptable to both the PSL and
MultiChoice. We trust that the SABC will review its stance and remain open to
concluding an agreement on fair commercial terms.”

The PSL, who has no shortage of funds, is siding with
SuperSport.

“According to SuperSport, the SABC proposal is
tantamount to discounting the PSL rights by 96%…this would be
unacceptable,” the PSL confirmed in a statement.

“In addressing this matter, it is maybe time that the
nation accepts that the SABC is incapable of meeting its requirements since a
‘blackout’ to the majority who consume their football through free to air TV
and radio is unacceptable going forward…”

The SABC, SuperSport and the PSL have all submitted
statements to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, who
will help solve the current impasse.

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Publish date : 2019-08-05 10:16:00

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