SuperSport TV seeks AFCON 2023 broadcasting deal

SuperSport TV seeks AFCON 2023 broadcasting deal

Prospects for SuperSport’s AFCON 2023 Broadcast Rights

Introduction: A Ray of Hope for African Football Enthusiasts

A glimmer of optimism has emerged for African football fans as SuperSport, the prominent pay-TV giant, appears to be in the running to secure broadcasting rights for the highly anticipated 2023 CAF AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast.

Despite recent leaks suggesting SuperSport’s inability to showcase the games, negotiations are still ongoing, and an official announcement is expected in the coming days.

I. SuperSport’s Challenge and SABC’s Assurance

Contrary to speculations, South African fans can find solace in the fact that the public broadcaster, SABC, has successfully secured the rights to air the AFCON games.

While concerns lingered about SuperSport’s potential exclusion, negotiations are underway with Togolese broadcaster New World TV to potentially salvage the situation.

New World TV currently holds the African Free-to-Air [FTA] media rights in Sub-Saharan Africa, making them a key player in the discussions.

II. SuperSport’s Strategic Negotiations with New World TV

SuperSport’s negotiations with New World TV are pivotal for the successful broadcast of the 2023 CAF AFCON tournament.

Despite challenges and a leaked statement, SuperSport remains hopeful that an agreement can be reached.

The negotiations underscore the significance of fulfilling their mandate to cover the AFCON tournament, considering its national interest.

III. CAF’s Commitment to Accessibility and Balance

In the broader context, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) recently convened Free-to-Air Broadcasters in Lomé, Togo, to discuss plans for the AFCON.

CAF emphasized its commitment to making African football content accessible to Free-to-Air Broadcasters while striving to maintain a healthy environment for PayTV broadcasters.

The overarching goal is to ensure millions in Africa and globally have access to the continent’s premier football event.

Conclusion: Countdown to AFCON 2023

As the AFCON tournament approaches, slated to take place in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11, 2024, the focus remains on resolving the broadcasting uncertainties.

SuperSport’s negotiations with New World TV and the commitment from CAF indicate a concerted effort to provide widespread access to this significant football spectacle involving 24 nations.

The upcoming days are poised to bring clarity on SuperSport’s potential redemption in securing the AFCON 2023 broadcasting rights.

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