Super League of Malawi (Sulom) Treasurer, Tiya Somba-Banda, has disclosed that TNM Super League’s live television beaming rights will now be opened on game-to-game basis.
The development comes amid uncertainty surrounding such rights, currently being held by Beta Television.
Beta signed a three-year contract with Sulom last year, but the station failed to beam matches this year, let alone pay the league governing body K40 million it owed.
Of late, other media organisations have been beaming the games, raising questions on the contract between Beta and Sulom.
Banda on Monday said any television station was now free to broadcast the games.
“From now onwards, the TV rights are on a game-to-game basis. [This is so] considering that Beta TV constructively gave us the go-ahead to open up the beaming of the games to other broadcasters,” he said.
The Sulom treasurer was, however, unclear if the decision means that Beta had thrown in the towel.
Asked on how far Sulom had gone with plans to consult legal advisors on breach of the contract by Beta, Banda said: “the matter is currently filed at the Commercial Court.”
Nyasa Big Bullets Interim General Secretary, Albert Chigoga, applauded the decision, but urged Sulom to first clear the mist surrounding Beta’s rights.
“It is a good idea [for Sulom to find an alternative], because clubs would like to benefit from the Super League games. But Sulom has to speed up all the legal processes to put this whole mess to a rest.
“In addition, if it means terminating the contract, it will be good to follow all the necessary procedures in a bid to find Beta’s replacement. What we want is efficiency,” Chigoga said.
Beta emerged the best in the bidding process, followed by Times Television, which submitted a comprehensive win-win Calabash model, and Matindi Television came on third place.
Beta suspended its operations citing lack of sponsorship.
Beta Director, Maneno Mtawali, referred The Daily Times to the station’s Manager, Theunis Bester, who yesterday admitted advising Sulom to open up the rights.
“As we said earlier, beaming such games is very expensive and we indeed told Sulom to consider such action, with possibility that we will return in near future,” he said.
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