Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers have threatened to stop Beta Television from beaming TNM Super League games if Super League of Malawi (Sulom) does not produce to the giants a copy of the three-year contract Speaking in an interview with The Daily Times at Mpira Village in Blantyre yesterday, general secretaries for Bullets and Wanderers, Kelvin Moyo and Mike Butao, respectively, demanded an explanation as to why they have never accessed the contract.
“We were told that Beta will cover all games in the league, but it is only covering games at Kamuzu Stadium. Media is not allowed to capture the games yet we have our media team which updates the sponsors on each and every game,” Butao complained.
“Sulom responded that Beta TV will be giving us a DVD every Monday but we are getting nothing. Above all, we have never received money that we were promised to get in September, and we are now close to December.”
Moyo questioned as to why all teams are entitled to earn the same amount of money yet big teams have had most of their games beamed than the other clubs.
“Initially, they were supposed to release K80 million for the teams and Sulom to share. We were then told that because they started beaming the games close to first round recess period, we will share K40 million with the first K20 million pool in September and the last in December,” he said.
“The teams will share K16 million per pool and K4 million goes to Sulom, which means that teams will share K1 million each per pool. Why should this be the case when some teams have never had their games beamed on Beta TV?”
Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba Banda, while admitting that they did not make available the contract to the teams, faulted the two teams for the development.
“The two general secretaries know the right procedures when presenting such grievances. So, we will not say anything on the matter because we have never been communicated formally. I am just seeing this on social media. However, on the issue of contracts, a third party cannot have access to the contract and that is the requirement,” Somba said.
Beta Television Managing Director, Maneno Mtawali, admitted having some challenges that have forced them to delay the payments to the teams, but also faulted Sulom for failing to explain the situation to the teams.
“We deal with Sulom as teams are affiliated to them. Our understanding is that when we talk to Sulom it means that we have talked to the teams. We explained to them our challenges and we had hope that by now they would have liaised with the teams. So we are equally surprised with the development,” Mtawali said.
Sulom signed a K266 million deal with Beta in July after they were deemed as the most successful at the expense of second highest bidder, Times Television and Matindi TV who finished third.
Teams are supposed to share equally 80 percent of the K266 million, translating to K212 million with Sulom pocketing 20 percent from the deal.
Fifty percent of the K212 million was meant to be shared equally among the clubs with the other half shared based on rankings on the log table and the number of games beamed.
Recently, Football Association of Malawi’s outgoing General Secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, was quoted by The Nation newspaper as faulting Sulom for rushing into signing the deal with Beta without involving the mother body.
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