SABC’s Na­tions Cup chaos

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

The SABC hoped to know by last night whether it would broad­cast the Africa Cup of Na­tions tour na­ment which starts in An­gola to­mor­row, the state broad­caster said.

Spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the SABC had sent a team of ne­go­tia­tors to France in a bid to find per­mis­sion from SportFive – the rights agent for the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball – to broad­cast the tour­na­ment.

This fol­lows SportFive forc­ing the SABC to pay over R1 bil­lion in terms of a se­ries of agree­ments al­legedly en­tered into be­tween the par­ties in 2008.

The pub­lic broad­caster says the agree­ments were in­valid be­cause they were not au­tho­rised in terms of the statutes gov­ern­ing the SABC.

The SABC said its in­terim board tried to ini­ti­ate dis­cus­sions with SportFive to ne­go­ti­ate the terms of the agree­ments as it held the view that hon­our­ing such con­tracts would be il­le­gal.

“At the mo­ment we have our peo­ple ne­go­ti­at­ing with SportFive... we are hop­ing to get feed­back by tonight,” said Kganyago.

The SABC, he said, was ready to broad­cast the tour­na­ment as it started pre­par­ing for it a year ago. – Sapa

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