The PSL cancelled the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s radio broadcast rights to matches abruptly
on Friday after the broadcaster proceeded with arbitration over the
controversial TV rights deal concluded with pay-channel SuperSport, write Kgomotso Mokoena and Bareng-Batho Kortjaas in the Sunday Times.
The Sunday Times has established that the SABC defied Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri by going ahead with arbitration despite its agreement to consult the government before doing so.
The broadcaster is challenging the PSLÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s decision to invite tenders for the rights while it was negotiating with the SABC.
After being ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œbombardedÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â with lawyers letters about the arbitration process ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â an indication that it was not adhering to the agreement, the PSL retaliated by terminating the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s temporary radio broadcast rights on Friday.
As a result, not a single match will be broadcast on the SABCÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s radio stations until further notice ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â a move that affects the full PSL programme of all 16 teams this weekend.
Click here to read the full report, posted on the Sunday Times website.