SA Rugby, trade union ‘make progress’ on broad­cast rights

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CAPE TOWN - SA Rugby on Fri­day con­cluded a meet­ing held over two days in Cape Town with South Africa’s Min­istry of Sport and Recre­ation and the coun­try’s big­gest trade union, COSATU, over tele­vi­sion broad­cast rights.

Ear­lier this week, COSATU threat­ened protest ac­tion at yes­ter­day’s Test be­tween the Spring­boks and All Blacks in Cape Town and the trade union’s West­ern Cape Sec­re­tary Tony Ehren­re­ich said his or­gan­i­sa­tion are un­happy with South African broad­caster DSTV’s mo­nop­oly over rugby’s broad­cast rights in that coun­try.

But SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux feels that pro­gres­sion was made be­tween the var­i­ous par­ties at the meet­ing.

“The meet­ings were held in a very good spirit and we def­i­nitely made progress in terms of our di­a­logue on the topic of broad­cast rights,” he said

“We have ex­ist­ing agree­ments in place re­gard­ing the broad­cast­ing of rugby in South Africa, which are within the reg­u­la­tory frame­work which gov­erns this.

“If it was not for the rev­enue gen­er­ated from th­ese deals, rugby as a sport in our coun­try would not be able to sur­vive. It al­lows us to stay in the game.

“We agreed to meet again with all the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers and to en­gage with them in terms of the me­chan­ics of the broad­cast­ing of lo­cal rugby matches in fu­ture, as well as the fund­ing of the sport.

“As SA Rugby, we are al­ways sup­port­ive of and open to di­a­logue on im­por­tant is­sues re­gard­ing our sport here in South Africa.”

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