JOHANNESBURG – Cricket South Africa’s president Chris Nenzani expects the Mzansi Super League to start turning a profit by “year five or six,” which would be a major boon for the organisation’s coffers.
The inaugural edition of the MSL, that was held last year, is believed to have cost Cricket SA close to R90-million to run, a figure that could be matched this year as it once again will host the competition having failed to acquire rights for broadcasting. It is also still without a headline sponsor, although Nenzani said at the weekend, that an announcement on that front could be made soon.
“It is very unfair to think that the MSL would make money in its second year, the IPL took 10 years to be profitable. At worst, year five, year six, we will be making money,” said Nenzani.
Making the MSL profitable instead of a burden on CSA’s finances as is currently the case is essential. It means the organisation doesn’t have to rely on tours from the ‘Big three’; England, India and Australia, the only countries that make money as a result of broadcast deals for CSA.
At the federation’s Annual General Meeting held Saturday, the impact that those teams not touring here could be seen on CSA’s books. What was a profit of R350-million last year, following the incoming tours by India and Australia the previous summer, turned into a R200-million loss this year, following tours by Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The MSL expenses, added to those losses.