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SABC could lose rights: Evans

2011-12-30 15:24

Johannesburg - The SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will lose the rights to domestic athletics events if it does not pay outstanding fees to Athletics SA (ASA) by midnight on New Year's eve, according to ASA president James Evans.

"The SABC has not paid us outstanding fees for broadcast rights and we have been waiting for the money since October," Evans said on Friday.

"Our financial director has been in regular contact with them, and when I phoned the SABC last week, they said they could not pay us because senior management had taken leave."

Evans, a practicing advocate, could not give an exact figure, but said the SABC owed ASA hundreds of thousands of rands.

"We sent them a notice of breach of contract and we stated that the money needed to be paid by December 31," he said.

If the SABC did not pay up by Saturday, Evans said ASA would consider other options and begin new negotiations, perhaps with a pay TV broadcaster.

"There are pros and cons to pay channels," Evans said.

"On one hand, the viewership is limited because not everybody can afford it. On the other hand, they have the platform to ensure the sport gets significant coverage.

"When we negotiated previously there were not as many options as we have now -  with SABC, SuperSport and e.tv - and we will utilise those options."

Evans said the SABC had agreed to pay up by mid-January, but he said the federation, still finding its feet after a controversial two-year period, needed the money and could not wait that long.

"If they do not pay us, the rights revert back to ASA," Evans said.

"We will then need to decide if we want to negotiate with broadcasters for exclusive rights or sell the rights on an ad hoc basis.

"We will do whatever is best for the sport."

The current five-year deal between ASA and the SABC, which holds the exclusive rights to ASA-sanctioned events, ends in March.

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Comments
  • Stephen - 2011-12-30 16:15

    SABC is in chaos so it will be best to get out of any contract from tham ASAP. I am not pro pay TV , but SABC is worse.

  • Steenbra - 2011-12-30 17:27

    Yah if they can spend money on non existant programs, cars and the like, then they dont deserve rights on anything.

  • mollie.kruger - 2011-12-30 17:44

    Hey SABC, pay ASA, it is the right thing to do!!!

      Jack - 2011-12-30 21:43

      If they loose the right.... there will be nothing left.

  • Shirley - 2011-12-30 17:50

    Ha ha-1 corrupt organization owes another corrupt 1! Buisiness the South African way!

  • Mboneli - 2011-12-31 11:46

    The industry is fully aware about the needs and wants based to the programs that they have and also binded by procedures,breach of contrct.I don't think Mr James Evans is right because this issue of payment it seems as if it is not yet finalised and when you observed his statement tells you that there was no successful communication , they must go back to their discussions.

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