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End of PSL, SABC blackout


MultiChoice Group’s SuperSport and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)have come to a commercial agreement regarding the broadcasting of Premier Soccer League (PSL)matches.

South African football fans were left disappointed at the start of the month by a ‘blackout’ of all PSL matches on SABC TV and radio as the 2019/20 season commenced.

However, starting this past weekend, all matches were televised live on the free channel to air – including on radio.

We welcome the sports ministers’ intervention and his willingness to facilitate a commercial agreement with the SABC. We are committed to bringing as much access to South African football as is possible to the football-loving public, in a manner that ensures the sustainability of the PSL as one of the top 10 football leagues in the world,” said PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza in joint-statement released.

“I would like to thank all the participants, MultiChoice, the PSL and the SABC for their positive approach which ensures that ordinary South Africans are able to access football in our country,” said Mthethwa.

“We recognise the importance of sport and in this instance football in promoting national cohesion and commend all stakeholders involved.”

A five-year deal was agreed upon which will help financially stabilise both the PSL and the SABC while also satisfying the South African public’s football viewing pleasure.