SABC secured the rights to broadcast Absa Premiership matches for R72m a season over five years.
The public broadcaster paid R72m-per-season deal with SuperSport for the broadcast rights after it refused a R280m-per-year proposal that it said was not commercially feasible.
Premiership matches were not aired on the public broadcaster in the opening weeks of the season, but the problem was fixed after the intervention from sports minister Nathi Mthethwa. Domestic football is back to SABC television and radio to the relief of millions of South Africans who do not have access to pay-TV.
According to a statement from SABC, “The SABC would like to reiterate that it has reached a commercially viable deal that is in best interest of the organisation’s financial health as well as the interest of the public. We are, however, not at liberty to publicly discuss the details of the agreement as this is confidential between the parties.”
The SABC will air 46 premiership matches during the season according to the deal. This comprises of the popular Soweto derby games between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The deal also includes cup semifinals and finals, as well as the National First Division relegation/play-offs games.