Maties-Tuks TV snub explained

2012-02-23 16:15

Cape Town - There have been a lot of queries about the current selection of Varsity Cup matches being televised live on pay channel SuperSport - especially ahead of the Round Four fixture between the table-topping Maties and UP-Tuks.

As things stand now, Maties and Tukkies are the only unbeaten teams in the competition, but their clash - which takes place in Stellenbosch - will not be televised on Monday, February 27.

Instead, defending champions UCT's trip to Port Elizabeth - to face NMMU - will be live on SuperSport at 17:00, followed by a mouth-watering tussle between last year's losing semi-finalists, Shimlas and UJ (kick-off 19:00).

Varsity Cup Managing Director Duitser Bosman explained on "Two years ago we took the decision to show matches that the public wanted to see - in other words, to televise the more successful teams.

"It was thus written into our constitution that the top two teams from the previous seasons would have five matches televised, teams three and four would have four televised games, teams five and six would get three opportunities on television and the seventh- and eighth-placed sides would get two games on TV."

The Maties, Varsity Cup winners in 2008, 2009 and 2010, finished fifth in 2011 - hence the fact that they would be televised three times only in 2012.

"We met with SuperSport in August of last year to work out the TV schedule for 2012," revealed Bosman.

"In order to televise one match, live on SuperSport, you need a crew of about fifty people, so you can't just go and make changes to a television schedule to suit the in-form teams.

"At the same time, however, we also have a responsibility to all eight university brands, so making late changes would result in some teams losing out in promised live games."

Bosman also pointed out that it would not be possible to change kick-off times on a Monday - i.e. creating an additional 15:00 kick-off time - due to university (for the players and supporters), school and work commitments (for supporters and coaches).

"Monday Night Rugby has worked very well for the Varsity Cup brand," he said, "it's not something we could just change.

"Remember, Mondays are not Saturdays... people are not just lazing about at home watching live sport, so we're appreciative of the great viewership already given that it essentially requires an extra effort from viewers to watch the Varsity Cup.

"I would like the tournament's supporters to have a look at the fixture list and see how it works out on the whole - in terms of how many games their favourite teams get on TV. It's not about individual matches, but rather the bigger picture over the whole season."


  • Jason - 2012-02-23 16:25

    Thats fair!

      Dewald - 2012-02-24 07:51

      It is not about fair, it is about what people wants to see!

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-02-24 10:39

      @Dewald, what does they wants to see? a bunch of girls playing rugby? Why watch that when you got S15 coming up!!! Don't be a queer - just go home

  • Paul - 2012-02-23 16:38

    Maties vs Tuks is equvilant to WP vs Bulls This sucks!

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-02-24 10:39

      In that they both suck balls?

  • Dok - 2012-02-23 16:50

    Crap! It is like saying people do not want to see a South vs North derby because the new kids on the block need tv coverage time! Even though the Varsity Cup is a great competition to watch, the Tv rights is becoming a big joke!

  • Magielies Kobie - 2012-02-23 16:52

    Its a fair decision .

  • Quintin - 2012-02-23 16:54

    Show them all! We pay a lot for DSTV. Surly they can afford to show more rugby. Think there should also be a dedicated rugby channel on supersport!

      DSBennie - 2012-02-24 10:29

      Agreed! 203 is the soccer channel and their are always games showed on other channels as well, scrap some foreign soccer on a Monday night and show the Rugby on more than one channel!

  • Burton Weakley - 2012-02-23 17:42

    There is one problem I have, I love watching the games. So why can't supersport add a 24 hour rugby channel? That way 4 games can be televised and we don't need to hear such a lame excuse! There are 3 dedicated soccer channels and usually extra channels provided for more fixtures. Duitser and supersport give such dumb excuses!!!!!

      aidan.hillebrand - 2012-02-24 07:36

      Hear Hear!

  • Bootman - 2012-02-23 18:41

    Am I missing something here? If you read the article, you will find a fair and proper explanation as to why the game will not be televised. So whats with the whining? For a game to be televised, it's not just about one guy pitching up with a camera and some cable.

      Bootman - 2012-02-23 23:21

      Pieter, the fact of the matter is that last year when the broadcast schedule was formulated, nobody knew that Maties would be one of the frontrunners. They ended fifth last year so that only entitles them to 3 televised games this year. Is that really so hard to understand. I would have loved to watch this game but the reality is that it wont be televised, so why moan about it.

      Dewald - 2012-02-24 07:57

      Wake up boetie, we are the ones that pays for what we want to see. This is not SABC, or a dictatorship!

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-02-24 10:42

      @Dewald, it is a dictatorship, you think you have a say in what they televise if you pay for it! Gosh when were you born boetie? Catch a wake up hoer?

  • Dewald - 2012-02-24 07:49

    So, what he actualy say is that no matter how important a game is they will not show it, if it is not part of their scedule. What about what the public wants to see. It is not only about performance but about supporters too! Maties and Tuks has the most support of all the teams.

      nadine.devilliers - 2012-02-24 10:43

      @Dewald: Really? really? Who cares about Varsity Cup?

  • Willa - 2012-02-24 10:23

    Sad but true. These two teams once held the record for the biggest crowd in the world to attend a CLUB game - 40 000 at Loftus. But then you could expect to see the likes of Naas Botha or Michael du Plessis playing. This is just one of the set-offs we have to accept in the professional era. More (and better?) rugby, but sacrifices are made.

  • marie.vyver - 2012-02-27 19:38

    What do you expect from a guy with the name of Duitser who played prop? But old Duitser will watch the match, courtesy the sponsors.

  • Katie - 2012-03-06 11:24

    Of course it is the individual matches, you have not allowed for any change, perhaps that should be considered when planning so that the teams that are doing the best have the opportunity of been televised! You will now be televising games that have no impact on the log..... How boring!!! ?????

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