As the Premier Soccer League weighs its options about which television
station should have the rights to broadcast soccer matches next season,
the SABC has gone to court to prevent the league from negotiating with
its rivals, writes Siyabonga Mkhwanazi in The Star.
In an urgent application lodged in the Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday the SABC, which currently televises PSL games, sought an order restraining the PSL from negotiating a new deal with any third party, including e.tv and pay channel SuperSport, to broadcast matches while the two parties continued discussing a new contract.
The PSL is opposing the application on the basis that it has no legal obligation not to discuss a new contract with any third party while it negotiates a new offer with the SABC.
The current multimillion-rand contract between the public broadcaster and the league expires at the end of May, when the season finishes.
The PSL has made it known that it wants to get a good deal for itself that would see it pocketing more money for broadcasting rights.
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