Cricket South Africa(CSA) is to disclose the broadcast partners for the inaugural T20 Global League on Thursday, pending final discussions with SuperSport. Africa’s biggest broadcaster are expected to air the tournament, albeit by paying reduced rights fees, a news yet to be confirmed. The exact figures will be made public when the deal is sealed.
The event will kick off on the 3rd of November, and following the departure of Haroon Lorgat’s from CSA, the absence of a broadcast deal has dogged the organisation. Lorgat, who was waiting for the right time to sign a broadcast partner, could not confirm a South African or Indian television company and has rejected a bid from SuperSport.
CSA was compelled to negotiate a new deal with to SuperSport. As there is a tight timeframe before the start of the tournament, SuperSport will likely incur extra costs, leading to a smaller deal. An Indian broadcaster has yet to be confirmed.
CSA is contemplating the option of making some of the tournament available on free-to-air television in South Africa, via the public broadcaster, SABC. CSA acting CEO Thabang Moroe said that once the SuperSport deal had been signed, CSA would look at how it would be able to accommodate SABC.