StarTimes, FKF likely to renegotiate football agreement

Pay TV operator StarTimes has asked for renegotiation for the recent Sh450million, five-year deal with national team Harambee Stars.

Football Kenya Federation has confirmed that StarTimes has asked for a renegotiation, reports local media sources.

According to the company, its contract with the Harambree Stars has been compromised. The statement from the operator comes after it failed to telecast Saturday’s Africa Nations Championships (CHAN) match between Kenya and Ethiopia, which was played at Nyayo Stadium.

Two sportscasters in the region- StarTimes and SuperSports- are fighting for the football telecast rights in Kenya. StarTimes, which is the new entrant in the talks, recently won a Sh450 million telecast rights deal of Kenyan football matches. The agreement had to begin with Saturday’s match, however, Confederation of African Football (CAF) told the FKF that the match rights still belonged to SuperSports. StarTimes has said that the agreement has been compromised and has called for a renegotiation.

“The marketing and broadcast rights agreement signed with FKF on the sponsorship for the Kenya National Soccer Team extended the right to produce and exclusive broadcast of home and away friendly matches played by all Kenya National football teams including but not limited to first male Kenya National Team, U20’s, women during the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 period as well as Chan matches,” said Mark Lisboa, Vice President of StarTimes, reports Goal.com.

“Fortunately, it has come to our attention that the rights for Chan matches are held by Caf as opposed to FKF. Because of this new development, the integrity of the said partnership is now compromised, given new broadcast rights restrictions imposed on StarTimes that run counter to a duly signed media rights contract signed with FKF,” Lisboa added.