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Apr 25 2012 8:52AM
 
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Ofentse Ratsie

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and the South African Football Association (SAFA) have reached in principle a broadcasting rights agreement.

According to the agreement, the public service broadcaster will carry all the games for the national soccer teams for a three year period.

The agreement will be presented to the boards of the SABC and SAFA respectively to get their approval. The details of the contract will be made public, once both boards have approved the deal.

The contract is likely to be signed during the second week of May 2012.

Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC’s Acting Chief Operating Officer said “For the SABC this is a historic milestone for both parties, as previously we negotiated on a game to game basis.

"Once the contract has been signed, South Africans can rest assured that for the next three years, they will be able to watch the national soccer teams whenever they play home games. The agreement has been structured in a way that all parties, but especially the South African public, win. This agreement will further strengthen the relationship between the SABC and SAFA, as it was perceived to be on shaky ground.”

Dr Danny Jordaan, Chair of SAFA Commercial Committee thanked CEO Robin Petersen and his team for the hard work and successful conclusion of this agreement.

“This deal is a significant advancement for SAFA’s Commercial programme and will enable us to ensure that we achieve the international success which is our immediate, medium and long term goal,” said Dr Jordaan.

Acting President, Mandla Mazibuko who is also the Chairman of the Finance Committee expressed his delight at the deal and stated that this ensures that the National Team matches will be shown on a free-to-air forum for our people.

“Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has previously met with SAFA and SABC to discuss broadcasting issues relating to Bafana Bafana’s matches played on the local soil.”

In relation to away games involving Bafana Bafana, the two parties have agreed to work together, in negotiations with Sports Five.

Mbalula recently called on both SAFA and the SABC to move swiftly in signing a long term contract to eliminate uncertainty in future.

Ofentser@thenewage.co.za

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