Bafana blackout for SABC?

2011-09-02 10:57

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Niger in Niamey might not be broadcast on South African television, according to reports.

The SABC told The New Age that the rights holders, French-based company Sport Five, had requested a fee of R5 million, which the public broadcaster believed was an excessive rate, to show the game.

"The SABC maintains the rights fee is unreasonably high, unsustainable and way above the universal market rate," the SABC told the newspaper.

"The SABC was even willing to make a better offer on the going rate, despite the fact that Niger was not a top-10 team in Africa."

However, Sport Five senior vice-president Iddriss Akki reportedly said the SABC had been charged the standard rate.

The rights holders were not willing to budge on the fee, but they would approach other broadcasters.

"We have made an offer for the South Africa match and we can't negotiate the day before the game," Akki said in a separate report in The Star.

"My only concern is making sure the South African people get to see the game, and I am sure we can do a deal with a South African broadcaster."


  • HagenDan - 2011-09-02 11:07

    Again. Every effing time. What the hell is going on. I'm sick of wondering every time whether or not they're going to broadcast the game. And what's with this stinking French company owning the rights to all these games...

      JMsays - 2011-09-02 11:34

      Agreed, where the hell do they (french) come from? Its now about every second game we can't watch!

  • Marcus Daily - 2011-09-02 11:20

    Maybe that is why it's so darn hard for whole country to support Bafana, we just NEVER see them play when they're out there! Still to this day there has NEVER been a Springbok game that has not been broadcasted...never mind Super Rugby! The SABC board must be used as human shields in Libya!

      werner.coetzer - 2011-09-02 11:41

      Dude, when did you see a springbok or Super rugby game being broadcasted by SABC?

      Marcus Daily - 2011-09-02 11:59

      Haha, I wanted to make a comparison between SuperSport and the SABC. I guess I went the wrong way about it! Thanx champ;)

      lenand40 - 2011-09-02 14:14

      Speak for yourself, Marcus. It is not hard to support Bafana. The issue of their matches being televised cannot be used as an excuse as it does not happen often. Soccer lovers do support Bafana. Just like rugby lovers support Springboks. Springbok games are shown on Supersport and the vast majority of South Africans do not own decoders. The SABC cannot be blamed for this. CAF is responsible for giving the rights to a foreign entity and determining the conditions. Surely, they, and not SABC should be blamed.

  • PSquare - 2011-09-02 11:24

    Why do they always negotiate on the 11th hour? Fine don't show it as long as the boys win. It makes very little difference.

  • Han Solo - 2011-09-02 11:25

    Who cares.... Soccer's a crappy sport anyways.

      AjAxxxx - 2011-09-02 12:39

      you are very stupid.

      kgalifi - 2011-09-02 15:09

      lol but you reading the news

  • Cuba12 - 2011-09-02 11:38

    This should of been negotiated a long time ago... when the venue was decided upon, the broadcasting rights should of also been settled. For poor planning from the SABC yet again

      Cuba12 - 2011-09-02 12:27

      Just saw that the last line should read: "VERY poor planning..." Apologies for the poor English, looks like my brain is already in weekend mode.

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-09-02 13:22

      Funny how negotiating your TV licence is not an option but them negotiating whether they want to show current programming or replays from the early 80's and other similar looking trash is very much an open point. We should pay our TV licences per month on a pay-as-you-show-quality basis... Or even just a pay-as-you-watch basis. Either way we wouldn't be paying

  • Daemos1 - 2011-09-02 11:48

    SABC can barely wipe their own a$$ without messing it up, I'm not surprised

  • Dirky - 2011-09-02 12:01

    5 million is nothing, you give that as a bonus to senior managment every second week.

  • BigWig - 2011-09-02 12:03

    Blessing in disguise .Who wants to watch local football or Bafana anyway.

      Striker - 2011-09-02 13:36


  • Gore - 2011-09-02 12:07

    Just go with the standard DELAYED LIVE, as you do with Rugby. We are used to it, just dont give the French the said millions, if they sell to Super Sport let it be - its private money!! I am just tired of these French bleeding us dry.

  • My Comment - 2011-09-02 12:34

    That's greed from Akkie and his sport five people. I'd suggest to SABC to let go of this game. Chances are Niger might one day have to play in SA, and SABC and Supersport must then target Sport Five. Leave them alone, they'll regret having let a little pocket money go.

      Albo - 2011-09-02 15:01

      As said though, that is the market rate. I think the SABC only realised today that the game is tomorrow.

  • blaze - 2011-09-02 12:38

    m sure they will broadcust have faith pple.

  • DILLIGAF - 2011-09-02 12:43

    Pay it...It's the right thing to do.

  • - 2011-09-02 12:52

    No Bafana team no game that should be good for the French broadcasters. Its all about money!!!

  • Samurai Demo - 2011-09-02 13:35

    BLACKOUT? haha, how ironic.

  • Derrick - 2011-09-02 13:36

    This is sickening.Oppression even in sport. Whats up with the French company owning rights for the game being played thousand kilometres away from this Nato affiliated country?And SABC, why don't you just tell the public you won't broadcast games taking place outside the republic cos everytime we seem to hit the same stumbling block? Stingy!!!!!!

  • Sello - 2011-09-02 14:43

    SABC is at again......yeeerrrrrrr

  • Sello - 2011-09-02 14:52

    SABC wonder SS takes everything......

  • Lethumusa Kulube - 2011-09-02 15:07

    I'm so tired on hearing this story before every Bafana game. No really!!!! Are they trying to make it seem like they are doing us a favour by broadcasting the game???

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