PSL clubs score R80m bo­nanza

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Premier Soc­cer League clubs will share R80 mil­lion among them­selves to pre­pare for the sea­son.

City Press has learnt that the de­ci­sion was made at a spe­cial board of gov­er­nors’ meet­ing on Mon­day.

While Premier­ship clubs will each pocket R4 mil­lion to­talling R64 mil­lion, the 16 Na­tional First Divi­sion sides will each re­ceive R1 m in prepa­ra­tion fees for the new sea­son.

The board of gov­er­nors also agreed to giver each ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber a R250 000 bonus. The meet­ing fur­ther ap­proved a pro­posal to send out an in­vi­ta­tion to ten­der for the broad­cast rights.

A highly placed source within the board of gov­er­nors con­firmed these closely guarded de­ci­sions.

The club of­fi­cial said the wind­fall was meant to help clubs to ad­e­quately pre­pare for the com­ing sea­son.

“It was a fruit­ful meet­ing and ev­ery­thing was done above board. The clubs even wanted ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers to get more money, but the chair re­fused it. We are happy with the once-off grant as it will come in handy dur­ing this pe­riod of buy­ing play­ers,” said the source.

The in­sider said the de­ci­sion to call for bids on broad­cast rights was meant to level the play­ing field and avoid a mo­nop­oly, although Su­per­Sport In­ter­na­tional is ex­pected to win the rights.

In 2011, the PSL and Su­per­Sport agreed on more than R2 bil­lion to ex­tend the broad­cast deal for five years be­gin­ning in the 2013/14 sea­son. The deal will lapse at the end of next sea­son.

“The open ten­der will give all the role play­ers an equal chance of land­ing the rights, rather than hav­ing just one com­pany au­to­mat­i­cally get them. But I don’t think the sta­tus quo will change be­cause Su­per­Sport has set the bar high.”

With the SABC ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties, the pub­lic broad­caster could again end up with only ra­dio rights.

PSL’s act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mato Mad­lala re­fused to shed more light on the once-off R4 mil­lion grant.

“This was a spe­cial meet­ing for our mem­bers only, hence we didn’t in­vite the me­dia,” said a miffed Mad­lala.

“I’m not fa­mil­iar with the terms of the ten­der in­vi­ta­tion. The chair will be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to com­ment on that is­sue.”

She re­ferred the is­sue to chair Irvin Khoza, who did not an­swer his phone.

PHOTO: STEVE HAAG / GALLO IM­AGES

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