Sunday, April 2, 2023

BTV still to partner with Supersport, BFA in live soccer telecasts

Efforts to include Botswana Television (BTV) in the Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Supersport deal are said to be still on-going as the national broadcaster still has to act its part.

In an interview with The Telegraph, the BFA President, Tebogo Sebego, said they (BFA and Supersport) are still waiting for BTV as negotiations are still on-going. The deal will issue BTV with a sub-licence, which will allow many soccer lovers in Botswana to view their favourite sport on the national broadcaster.

“It is important for BTV to join the party as it is a national broadcaster and this will enable our soccer to be accessed by a majority of locals. BTV are an important party in this deal,” said Sebego.

He said the BFA will be waiting for BTV to join them to allow for the rest of Botswana to have access to the games, adding that as far as he knows, negotiations are still on-going to seal the deal.

Sebego also explained that the decision by Supersport to give BTV a live free feed to televise the Mascom Top 8 final between BDF XI and Gaborone United was ‘a special arrangement’. He said BTV viewers should not worry and expressed optimism that negotiations will be concluded on the sub licence deal.

However BTV has allegedly been too slow to enter into an agreement with Supersport, as the South African commercial broadcaster is said to be demanding P4.2 million as a way of recovering production costs.

Efforts to contact BTV Head of Sports, Edson Malebane, were not successful.


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