SABC will not televise opening round of Absa Premiership matches

SABC will not televise opening round of Absa Premiership matches

Millions of South Africans will miss the opening round of the Absa Premiership matches that takes place over the weekend. The SABC has failed to reach an agreement with SuperSport and won't broadcast the matches.

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The cash-strapped SABC will not broadcast the opening round of Absa Premiership matches this weekend - leaving millions of South Africans without a way of watching.

TImesLIVE reports that Vuyo Mthembu, SABC spokesperson, has confirmed that the SABC has failed to reach an agreement with SuperSport, the rights-holders.

"There is no agreement and we are not showing the matches this weekend."

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Briefly.co.za could gather that it's not clear yet how long this 'blackout' will last.

The PSL season kicks off on Saturday, 3 August, when Mamelodi Sundowns will take on SuperSport United in Atteridgeville at 3 pm.

A statement on the matter was released and part of it reads:

"In hindsight, we should have made more of the question by an SABC journalist after the Board of Governors meeting two days ago, on Thursday 1 August 2019, when he revealed that there was no scheduling of weekend matches to be broadcast by the SABC. Knowing what we know now, it is evident that the SABC had already prepared for a 'blackout'."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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