Town - The SABC's broadcast deal with Cricket South
Africa (CSA) for the upcoming SA T20 League will
not place any further commercial strain on the public broadcaster.
That is the view of SABC's COO,
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Maroleng and CSA CEO Thabang
Moroe addressed media in Johannesburg on Wednesday after the partnership
between the parties was announced on Tuesday.
And, it isn't even clear whether
or not the SABC paid any money at all for the deal.
"This is a commercially
viable partnership between CSA and the SABC. It does not put any extra commercial
risk on the SABC. It has not been done in an irresponsible way," Maroleng
CSA had initially announced an
equity deal with SuperSport for the tournament before the MultiChoice-owned
company bailed out of that deal.
CSA announced that the SABC deal
would seek to screen matches at 19:00 on SABC 3once the tournament got underway
on November 9, while SABC 2 would also be opened as a possible viewing
CSA is expected to announce the
six host cities in the next couple of days.