SABC not broadcasting Premier Soccer League in South Africa

SABC and South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) have confirmed the national broadcaster will not show Absa Premiership matches.

PSL said that the nation may have to “accept that the SABC is incapable of meeting its requirements and the situation is unacceptable moving forward”.

“The PSL will provide regular updates to the public as a solution is sought to address this unfortunate situation,” according to a statement. 

The SABC confirmed it did not reach the required licence agreement with the PSL and SuperSport, which would see the broadcaster “pay SuperSport R280 million for 144 matches per year for a period of five years”.

The SABC would only have made revenue of only R9.8 million per year, however, it stated. This would not have been a commercially viable agreement, it added.

At the end of May, the broadcaster was forced to choose between paying salaries or municipal bills, opting to settle the former and incurring a R13.5-million debt to the City of Johannesburg.