*Ahmed Yusuf Fresh thumbs-Up new deal
Nigerian-based Regional IPTV (Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service provider for West Africa, PIPUL TV, has signed a N100,000,000 broadcast rights agreement with the third-tier Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO) for one year.
The deal is expected to begin on the 8th July. In a media briefing held in Lagos the Chairman of the PIPUL TV, Benjamin Okorafor, presented a dummy cheque for the amount and gave details of the deal. “It’s not as if we have money to throw around, we just want to associate with the brand and help it grow,” Okorafor said.
“We have three sports channels which will help us broadcast three live games every week.
“We want foreigners to sit in the comfort of their homes to watch our leagues and spot talents or even bring theirs to come and feature here.” PIPUL TV also have broadcast rights to the Major League Soccer, LaLiga Santander, Chinese Super League and the English Premier League.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the NLO Alkali Mohammed added that the agreement will help grow the league. “We will uplift grassroots league and give hope to our youths,” he said
In the same vein independent chairman of NLO Mohammed Alkali believes that the league is a viable option for Corporate Nigeria to invest in with 189 clubs jostling for honours at the three divisions of the league.
In a related development, Vice Chairman Nigeria Football Federation Technical and Development committee, Alhaji Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, has hailed the board of Nigeria National Wide League One (NLO) led by Mr Mohammed Alkali after entering the partnership deal with Pipul TV in Lagos.
Fresh who was part of the board members that graced the signing ceremony expressed satisfaction saying “its really a good step in the right direction for Nigerian football and our leagues at large.
Fresh also believes that this development in the NLO would motivate other leagues in the country’s football. “Let me also state clear that it would propel other leagues to get sponsors too like Nigeria National League (NNL), Nigeria Women league too’.