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Sulom pleads for patience on TV revenue

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Super League of Malawi (Sulom) has pleaded for patience from clubs in the top flight league as arrangements for remitting the first chuck of TV rights with broadcaster Beta TV are being finalised.

The Super League governing body is on record to have stated that the first chunk of the TV rights revenue would be released to clubs by November 30.

Sulom Treasurer, Tiya Somba, could not clearly state when the clubs would receive their TV rights revenue.

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He only said Sulom was discussing with teams in the league on how best to move forward on the matter.

Somba said the league understands the predicament that the teams are facing.

“We are also mindful of the efforts that Beta TV is making with regard to other commitments and aspects of implementing the project.

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“One of the key elements was to take Malawi football beyond the borders. We are now very happy that finally the Super League of Malawi is on the international stage as Beta TV has successfully migrated on Zuku satellite TV, broadcasting on channel 053,” he said.

Somba said the development meant that Super League games were being viewed across East and Central Africa.

“It is the clubs that will benefit most from the wide exposure. As brands, they stand to reap the rewards. Their players will also have a platform to showcase their talent,” he said.

However, teams are losing patience following delays in receiving part of their revenue.

Be Forward Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, said the rights pay is part and parcel of match day revenue and it belongs to the clubs.

“Clubs are struggling financially and need every penny. As Wanderers, we have tried together with Nyasa Big Bullets, to fight for what is duly ours but we cannot fight a lone battle forever. Other clubs need to join in and speak with one voice,” he said.

Silver Strikers General Secretary, Thabo Nyirenda, said the clubs got a raw deal on TV rights revenue.

“Failure to remit the TV rights revenue to clubs is a material breach of contract. Added to that, Beta is beaming games played at Kamuzu Stadium only. This is not what was mutually agreed by the parties. We call upon Beta TV and Sulom to respect [terms of] the contract.

Considering that clubs are reeling from financial challenges, the revenue would go a long way in alleviating the financial constraints. Major leagues across the world rely on TV rights revenue to run their operations,” he said.

Recently, Beta TV Managing Director, Maneno Mtawali, admitted having some challenges that are causing delays in remitting TV Rights revenue to clubs through Sulom.

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