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BFA, Btv cashless contract

There are protracted talks looming inside the boardrooms of Botswana Football Association (BFA) over the possibility of terminating their contract with the state-owned television, Btv, and re- engage them with appointed consultants. The thought around the move is reported to have been triggered by the terms of the ongoing partnership entered with the station.


Reports from Lekidi football centre indicate that the premier league through their mother body, BFA penned a 5 year deal with Btv. Within the agreement, Btv was paying the league an undisclosed fee, which was decreasing in the last three years of the deal. WeekendSport moles revealed that the three year period of the deal in which payment will still be done will elapse this coming May.


For the next coming two years, it is said the deal will be cashless, a situation giving the association sleepless nights. It is in this regard that, sources hinted that there is an action plan to terminate the contract with a sole intention of negotiating afresh.
It is reported that the association will have to agree within themselves to engage third parties to help manoeuvre the situation. “There is no benefit in airing BPL games and then teams go home empty handed, it is not profiting for our teams which are already struggling financially,” a source shared.


While there are other thoughts of parting ways with Btv, it remains a stumbling block given the long standing demand by BTC, the tile sponsor of the league, to beam local games through a local station. In the expiring contract, the two parties had agreed to broadcast a maximum of 70 games scheduled for both midweek and weekends.

 

It was seen by those who drive the domestic game towards commercialization as the right and timely decision that, in all respects, answers the long standing demands of the sponsors, BTC. The sponsors always wanted that a maximum of 60 games to be aired as per the agreement and terms of the contract.  Reports say the number of games is an important aspect in the contract because more games bring more spectators while failure always breeds unnecessary tension.


As both parties, BFA and BTV, considered the deal years back, it was said that a review was to be made as to whether more television cameras were to be added. In the current contract, it was agreed that a total of 8 cameras will be used per premier league game.
It was also reported that the Btv operational body would contemplate mounting touch screens to make half time and full time match analysis interesting and more approachable. This is the scenario currently witnessed with world class broadcast channels in the mould of Supersport.


The two parties had discussed extensively the operation costs that the state owned television was expected to incur. Btv has been paying the association lump sums in the region of 6 million pula as part of costs and benefits to premier league teams, but it is said this is coming to a crushing end. To date, only Nico United and Security Systems games are yet to be broadcasted live on television.

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After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

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The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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