The Premier Soccer League and the South African Broadcasting Corporation are due for key late discussions to iron out the current television blackout.
Local football fans without DSTV are yet to watch any football this season after the PSL and SABC failed to agree on payment for the national broadcaster to televise Absa Premiership games.
The meetings are expected to be held before Friday where heads from both organisations will have a sit down to find a solution that supports SABC’s financial shortcomings.
“What is a crucial outcome is that both the PSL and MultiChoice honoured the appointment and that is an indication of their appreciating the gravity of this matter‚” said Communications Minister Nathi Mthethwa to Times Live.
“I am happy that both parties understand that despite the contrasting interests they represent‚ which are valid on individual accounts‚ what can no longer be treated lightly is the heavy toll this impasse has taken on South Africans.”
Nathi further added that a solution will surely be found before the weekend. "That both Dr Khoza and Patel and Mawela met with me is testament that they understand that a solution must be found.”
"After this interaction‚ we are confident that a resolution to this impasse is imminent as of Thursday.”
Times Live’s Mahlatse Mphahlele summed up the central issue as: “Absa Premiership matches have not been televised on SABC since the start of the season after the cash-strapped public broadcaster declined a R280m deal for 144 games a year with SuperSport‚ who hold the rights to screen matches.”
“The SABC claimed the deal was not financially viable.”
“The SABC said it would make revenue of just R47m a year if they accepted the deal,” concluded Mphahlele.
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