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BFA stiches TV deal

Botswana Football Association (BFA) is negotiating possible terms with a local production company to produce footage for National First Division leagues in the next football season – this publication is informed.

The company known to this publication is expected to seal a deal with the association in the near future. As the association prepares to make an announcement soon, sources say the deal is expected to be around P500 000 per season. It is also indicated that parallel discussions are still on going with the identified production house to ensure that the association eventually chooses between two other local television stations where to sell the content.   

Sources mention the names of state-owned television (Btv) together with newly launched station known as Maru TV as out right candidates to buy the feed.  Sources stress that whoever buys the feed will only be able to broadcast main highlights of the games. This, informers say, is a welcome development that will play a pivotal role in giving Debswana Diamond Company who are the title sponsors of the league the much needed mileage.

However, it is said that they are high ranking members at the association who still have some misgivings about the capacity of Botswana television to beam both the First Division and Premier League matches. It is believed that the state owned television may not be able to air the highlights shows because of limited airtime, but on the other hand, it is indicated that the station has the financial muscle to buy and cover production costs. Maru TV too comes with doubt regarding its popularity and audience. Some feel the station is has no buying power compared to Btv.

The association will therefore seed the Debswana First Division football rights while money accrued from all these production will be given to the clubs for sustenance. Tumo Mpatane, who is the BFA spokesperson said, “It is true there is an effort with the association to produce First Division highlights, but as it is always the case, it is will not be right to reveal information while negotiations are still on.”

BFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) claimed ignorance on the issue and refereed the enquiry to Marshlow Motlogelwa who is the associaiton’s second Vice President. The football administrator also refused to share details stating that he is engaged in unending meetings. Debswana began powering First Division North and South leagues in 2013.

The lower league had endured seven turbulent years without a sponsor. In 2013, the association successfully cajoled the diamond company to agree to the ever-changing dynamics of the local sport.  At the time of penning a three year deal, Debswana splashed P6 million.  Former BFA Vice President in the administration wing of the association, Boyce Sebetlela was praised after playing a fundamental role in bringing Debswana on board.

In 2016 when the terms of the new deal were negotiated, sources say not much was done as the company did not increase the prize money. The First Division is categorized into two bands called North and South, each comprising of 12 teams.  The winners from each group go away with P20 000, runners up each get P10 000 while those finished on the third spot are entitled to P5 000. Many football pundits describe these prize money as an insult to the clubs that participate in this league.

“P20 000 cannot even pay salaries of a club for one month!” said one of the First Division football administrators. During the first few years of the deal, teams were receiving monthly grants of P12 000, but with the passage of time, they complained that the grants fell way too short to meet their ever ballooning demands of administration. The association heed their cry and resolved to give them P50 000, not on monthly basis, but for the entire season. The tv rights deal is expected to consolidate the Debswana sponsorship and teams are expected to smile all the way to the bank.

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