SuperSport ends broadcast deal with Nigerian League?
*Law suits, bad media, refs etc possible reasons
It is yet to mature but it is brewing and may have gotten to a hilt. Authoritative sources disclosed to www.gongnews.net that the south African television giants, SuperSport, may have pulled out of the N5.4billion broadcast deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) due to yet to be disclosed reasons.
The source said, “we are tired. There has been too much struggle on the league in the first place. We have several law suits we are battling, then, Return On Investment (ROI) is not commensurate, bad media, bad officiating and above all, there are some diplomatic issues underlining all these issues.”
According to the source, “It is as good that we have pulled out. We have taken our time to look at the escape clauses in the contract. The Nigerian end, the League Management Company (LMC) has been reached.”
Due to the very odd time we got the news, it is not possible to get the official reaction of the organisers of the league, the League Management Company (LMC) to check for the veracity of this claim.
SuperSport are in the third year of a five-year contract with the Nigerian football environment. It has been a very turgid time for the South African company.
A Nigerian fan who probably heard but wanted to confirm did a WhatsApp message which not only added some little credence to the story. The fan wrote: “the jobs of many people at SuperSport Nigeria – journalists and production staff will abruptly end. It is a very sad time for Nigerian football.”
However, we shall follow-up and verify how far this is true.
This latest development brings to another page several crisis involving the LMC and Total Promotions Limited over broadcast rights of the Nigerian league which are in various courts of the land.