How SABC landed Premier League viewership rights for Saturday afternoon fixtures
Posted: 22 August 2018 Time: 20:30
The SABC recently announced that a select few Premier League games will be broadcast on Saturdays, which brought public outcry due to the lack of Absa Premiership and Bafana Bafana coverage, but it has since been revealed how they secured the lucrative rights.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation has been under immense scrutiny since announcing the surprise rights to a selective Premier League games for public viewing.
Despite landing the historic deal, there have been concerns over the lack of local football on SABC1, 'the home of football', since losing the rights to broadcast both the PSL and Bafana Bafana fixtures.
Reports claim the national broadcaster owes SAFA a staggering R50 million amidst the decision to stop the radio broadcasting of live football too.
However, according to a report in Sport24, the deal has been struck with Kwese Sports to air 33 fixtures during the 2018/19 season - starting with the London Derby between Arsenal and West Ham this weekend.
"Through their [Kwese's] parent company Econet have secured the free-to-air Premier League rights for the next three seasons," Sport24 revealed.
"Kwese are then able to sub-contract those rights to public broadcasters, and that is how the SABC have landed with the Premier League on its doorstep.
"The deal has nothing to do with SuperSport nor MultiChoice."