CAPE TOWN – While they didn’t confirm it outright, Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa and his Communications counterpart Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams appear to have found a resolution in the saga that saw the SABC not broadcasting any PSL matches on their platforms.
In a statement entitled ‘Minister Nathi Mthethwa announces breakthrough in Premier Soccer League broadcast rights impasse’ on Thursday night, the two ministers stated that a “full statement, which will entail details of the agreement, be communicated before close of business on Friday”.
Mthethwa and Ndabeni-Abrahams met with a number of bigwigs from the PSL, SABC and MultiChoice on Thursday evening.
Present were PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and Peter Mancer; SABC board chairman Bongumusa Makhathini, chief executive Madoda Mxakwe and chief operations officer Craig van Rooyen; and MultiChoice group board chairman Imtiaz Patel and chief executive Calvo Mawela.
While not confirming that Premiership matches will return to the SABC television and radio platforms, Mthethwa said that there will be finality on Friday.