Uganda Premier League clubs will miss out on the final quarter cash disbursement from broadcast rights holder StarTimes if the league is ended.
The 16 UPL clubs will miss out on Ush304m (USD80,000) while the league's secretariat operations will also be impacted if StarTimes doesn't release last quarter's batch.
The broadcast, who is also title sponsorship holder, also pays FUFA money meant for referees and other football development activities.
StarTimes' Aldrime Nsubuga says that they have suffered financial losses due to the suspension of football in Uganda due to coronavirus pandemic and they will find it hard to disburse the remaining quota.
“Our business as StarTimes has also been affected just like all the other business in the world,” he told Star FM from his base in Nairobi Kenya.
“Football was suspended, promotion of the league was put on hold, the fans no longer watch the league, journalists no longer report about the league because it’s on hold.”
“So, if the league is not on, there is no TV value we are getting, there is no exposure, no viewership, we who target money through buying decoders and subscription have not made money.”
“So, clubs wanting StarTimes to pay the funds for the last quarter are out of their minds, because the same way they are not making money, we are also not, our customers are also not making money because they are not working,” Nsubuga noted.
Uganda publication football256.com also reports that Nsubuga had turned down clubs' request for their share of the cash saying that that this against the contract signed.
“That won’t be possible, the same away the league is on hold, if it doesn’t resume, that means everything else can’t resume.”
“Because we as title sponsors and broadcast partners our value is in the league being played and broadcasting it to our consumers.”
“Our contract with FUFA relies on the league being played, any other situation that stops the league from going on, puts us in a situation like that,” Nsubuga insisted.
On August 9th, 2018 StarTimes signed a 10-year deal with FUFA worth $7.24 M (UGX 26,680,848,000 to sponsor the first and second divisions of Ugandan football.