Big Bullets take Sulom to task over TV deal


Nyasa Big Bullets have taken Super League of Malawi (Sulom) to task, accusing it of lacking courtesy and transparency on the rolling out of the exclusive television broadcasting rights awarded to Beta Television.

This is a latest twist to the deal with The Nation newspaper reporting over the past weeks that Beta is failing to pay its employees and that the broadcaster was in breach of the three-year contract by failing to pay Super League clubs monthly proceeds from the TV revenue.

In a letter addressed to Sulom General Secretary, Williams Banda, Bullets’ Acting-General Secretary, Kelvin Moyo, yesterday hit out at the league governing body for leaving the team in the dark.


“No official communication was sent to Big Bullets as regards the technicalities of the broadcasting deal i.e.cost of broadcasting a single game, mode of payment etc,” Moyo said.

“Even after Sulom went ahead to commerce beaming the games; it has not called Big Bullets to a briefing as a matter of courtesy. Funds from the proceeds of the beamed games have not been remitted to Big Bullets since Beta TV commenced telecasting the Super League games.”

In view of these grievances, Moyo said Bullets feel that Sulom is taking the team’s brand for a ride.


“In this vein, we are requesting for a meeting with Sulom within the next seven days to discuss on the same,” he said.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, yesterday shrugged off Bullets’ ultimatum, saying it was laughable.

“This is very strange and a bit laughable indeed. Sulom engaged all the teams from the onset and Big Bullets has been represented by the author of the press release Mr Kelvin Moyo, Sammy Chilunga [former chairperson] and Mr [Isaac] Norman,” Banda said.

“Minutes of the meeting are readily available with the input and positions from Bullets. The issue was further discussed at the June 2016 AGM [Annual General Meeting] of which Bullets delegation was led by Mr Kelvin Moyo himself. Surely, we find this very, very strange.

Sulom named Beta as the successful bidder among others such as Times Television, which came second after presenting a win-win Calabash Model, then Matindi Television finished last.

The deal mandates clubs to share 80 percent or K212 million from the K266 million TV rights revenue with Sulom expected to pocket 20 percent from the package.

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