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BPL, Btv mull contract extension


The Botswana Football Association (BFA) through its affiliate BPL and Botswana Television (Btv) are set for talks about possibilities of extending the broadcast contract that expires next year.


The two long-standing partners inked a two-year contract with an option of renewal for another year.


It is indicated that both parties will meet in the near future to negotiate new terms for the betterment of the domestic game.


Highly placed sources mention that the state-owned TV station is eager to improve the local game content, hence its decision to start to use new and advance camera equipment.


Within 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 to its commercialisation pillars as the right and timely decision that in all respects answers the long-standing demands of be MOBILE, the sponsors,.


The sponsors always wanted that a maximum of 60 games be aired in accordance with 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 to do that always breeds unnecessary tension”.


As both parties consider their contract extension, it is said that a review will be made as to whether more cameras should be added. In the current contract, it was agreed that a total of eight cameras will be used per game.


 “It is now an open secret that Btv has bought quality cameras, all they need to do is to employ able minds to improve situations such as those of a slow motion,” a source said. It is also understood that the Btv operational body envisages mounting a touch screen to make half-time and full-time match analysis more interesting. This is the scenario currently witnessed with world-class broadcast channels like South Africa’s SuperSport.


Still to be discussed, reports say, will be the operating costs that the state-owned TV station is expected to incur. Btv was paying the association lump sums in the region of P6 million as part of costs and benefits to Premier League teams.


The two parties are reported to be confident ahead of their meetings that they will not repeat past mistakes that nearly ruined their ties. They are both mindful of the fact that they need each other for the development of the game, and most importantly, they would want to satisfy the headline sponsors of the elite league.


Btv had for a long time been the sole broadcaster of Premier League games until Supersport briefly made its footprints at the close of last year.


Premier League CEO, Bennett Mamelodi declined to comment on the issue, but Chairman of the house Mokganedi Molefhe once disclosed that they would soon engage Btv to discuss possible contract renewal terms.
 

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