Uncertainty over live television broadcast rights ahead of football season


There is uncertainty over the outcome of live television broadcast rights ahead of the next 2018/2019 football season.

The season starts on April 15, 2018. Fixtures are yet to be announced.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) says they are waiting for the courts decision to determine the relevance of its three-year contract with Beta TV.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda says it is however not sure if the decision will be reached before the season starts in April.

Sulom and Beta signed a Mk266million to beam all TNM super league matches in July of 2016, a contract which runs till end of the 2018 season.

The move would have seen clubs benefiting financially from proceeds of the live beaming but only a handful of games were broadcast.

Beta TV Station Manager, Theunis Bester suspended beaming mid way into the season citing financial constraints.

Beta had originally outbid Times media group and Zodiak Television.

The suspension of the live broadcast led to Beta failing to pay up K133 million worth of exclusive television rights to Sulom by the end of September 2016 as per agreement.

Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda said “you know what happens when an issue is in court. So, after everything, we shall come out in the open and state our next course of action”.

Clubs are persuing the issue to realize the money totalling Mk44million from Sulom and Beta.

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