Football is back on public broadcaster

Premier Soccer League followers will be able to watch football on SABC after an agreement between the league and the public broadcaster was reached.

A joint statement was sent out on behalf of the Department of Sports and Recreation, SuperSport and the SABC, confirming that the blackout on the public broadcaster has come to an end, which had seen no coverage of matches on television and radio for the first weeks of the 2019/20.

Negotiations were overseen by minister Nathi Mthethwa and it has been confirmed that an agreement has been reached for five years.

A statement read: “The Minister of Sports‚ Arts and Culture‚ Minister Nathi Mthethwa‚ in consultation with the Minister of Communication and Digital Technologies‚ the Honourable Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams‚ is pleased to announce that MultiChoice’s SuperSport has concluded an agreement on commercial terms with the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

“This will allow the SABC to broadcast Premier Soccer League matches on television. The deal was announced following constructive negotiations between the parties facilitated by Minister Mthethwa.

“The agreement between SuperSport and the SABC is for five years and recognises the need to ensure the sustainability of the PSL.”

“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‚” Mthethwa was quoted as saying.

“We recognise the importance of sport and in this instance football in promoting national cohesion and commend all stakeholders involved.”

PSL chairman Irvin Khoza said: “We welcome the sports ministers’ intervention and his willingness to facilitate a commercial agreement with the SABC‚” Khoza was quoted as saying.

“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.”

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