MultiChoice’s SuperSport has officially terminated its contract with the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) to air its matches over what it terms as breach of license agreement between the two parties. In a statement, SuperSport declared that a formal notice of cancellation of the contract has been given and all the necessary procedures are being put in place to manage the exit from the league.
The new development comes after a two-week push and shove between the broadcast partners and the league managers which led to cancellation of live matches over the last two weekends.
“The situation became untenable and it put SuperSport at risk therefore has no option but to terminate the contract. SuperSport will continue in its commitment to providing the best sports content in Africa via platforms with cutting-edge technology and on multiple devices,” the brief statement said.
In his comments, Ambrose Rachier, Chairman of the KPL said: “We have received the letter direct from the legal team in South Africa and the reason highlighted was the expansion of the league to 18 teams by the Sports Tribunal. They are also concerned with the Tribunal’s decision that we are just agents of running the league and have questioned why we have not appealed the decision”.
The new development will be a huge blow to the Kenyan game as it had shown tremendous growth since the first match was beamed live in 2009.