The cash-strapped public broadcaster reportedly wants to cancel the broadcast of the popular Absa Premiership football games, saying it is “too costly”. The SABC did not televise the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier football match between SA and the Seychelles at FNB Stadium at the weekend, after negotiations between the public broadcaster and the SA Football Association (Safa) broke down at the 11th hour. However, the SABC insisted it will carry Tuesday’s return leg as Safa does not own the rights. It said talks with Safa were continuing. Safa said the SABC had made a “discourteous offer” on a new deal after opening the discussion in October 2017. Briefing the media on Monday on the SABC’s sports rights acquisition strategy, the public broadcaster’s chief operations officer Chris Maroleng said the manner in which rights were acquired was not mutually beneficial for all parties involved. The issue also had a negative impact on the SABC’s finances. The SABC, which recorded a net ...

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