Irvin Khoza hints at new bumper broadcast deal with SuperSport
Posted: 16 November 2016 Time: 16:17
PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has confirmed that the League and their official broadcast partners SuperSport are set to announce a new and improved deal in the new year.
Khoza was re-elected unopposed as the chairman of the NSL during the elections at the Quadrennial General Meeting on Tuesday, where he hinted at a ‘big announcement’ from SuperSport early next year.
The current five-year deal, worth over R2-billion, between the sports broadcasting giants and the PSL is approaching it’s end, and details of the new deal is set to be revealed on 28 January 2017.
“On the 28th of January, [SuperSport] are expected to make an announcement – something big is happening – which will also signify the significant relationship between the PSL and SuperSport,” said ’The Iron Duke’.
“Just watch this space. We don’t want to steal the thunder because the issue is to do with SuperSport, and for them to also underpin us with the MDC [Multichoice Diski Challenge], which has become so fashionable and exciting.”
Although the PSL often compares it’s standards to that of top international leagues, Khoza conceded that the new broadcasting deal won't match up that of the English Premier League, but alluded that there would be some changes to the structure of the existing deal.
“I think we are not in as fortunate a position as them [EPL] because there’s international demand on that content. We are restricted in terms of the [international] demand,” he explains.
“But I think it’s important, with this challenge of a neutral platform, that [we decide] how much value we want to attach to that, because if you divide platforms it becomes easy to create income streams from different kinds of platforms.
“It’s one of the thing we are busy dealing with, but the 28th [of January] is going to come with a lot of excitement. I don’t want to steal the thunder because it’s a SuperSport thing.
“On the 28th, maybe we will give more clarity because it’s something that’s going to come with a new announcement of some sort at that event."