The PSL cancelled the SABC’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 PSL’s decision to invite tenders for the rights while it was negotiating with the SABC.

After being “bombarded” with lawyers letters about the arbitration process — an indication that it was not adhering to the agreement, the PSL retaliated by terminating the SABC’s temporary radio broadcast rights on Friday.

As a result, not a single match will be broadcast on the SABC’s radio stations until further notice — a move that affects the full PSL programme of all 16 teams this weekend.

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