End to PSL Broadcast Blackout

30 Aug 2019

SuperSport and the SABC have come to a commercial agreement regarding the broadcasting of Premier Soccer League matches.

South African football fans were left disappointed at the start of the month by a 'blackout' of all PSL matches on SABC TV and radio, as the 2019/20 season commenced.

However, all matches will now be televised live on the free-to-air channel, including on radio.

"We welcome the sports minister’s intervention and his willingness to facilitate a commercial agreement with the SABC. We are committed to bringing as much access to South African football as is possible to the football-loving public, in a manner that ensures the sustainability of the PSL as one of the top 10 football leagues in the world," said PSL Chairperson Irvin Khoza.

This, after the three corporations, along with the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, were locked in talks seeking consensus.

"I would like to thank all the participants, MultiChoice, the PSL and the SABC, for their positive approach, which ensures that ordinary South Africans are able to access football in our country," said Mthethwa. "We recognise the importance of sport, and in this instance football, in promoting national cohesion and commend all stakeholders involved."

A five-year deal was agreed upon, which will help financially stabilise both the PSL and the SABC while also satisfying the South African public's football viewing pleasure.

"We remain committed to long-term investment in sport in South Africa and the rest of Africa. In the previous financial year, the MultiChoice Group invested over R2.3bn in sport on the continent. An important element of the investment is in sports broadcasting and sponsorship rights, which provide critical revenue streams for sports bodies that filter down to every tier and have an undeniable impact on the development of the sport," said MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela.

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