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Sports minister welcomes football TV deal

21 August 2013, 14:16

Abuja - Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi lauded the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Committee (LMC) for sealing a multimillion-dollar deal with broadcaster SuperSport to screen Nigeria Premier Soccer League matches.

The deal was announced on Wednesday at a press briefing in Abuja where Abdullahi was among the special guests.

The four-year deal, which will cover the rights to broadcast the league in Nigeria and the whole of the continent will start in 2015, but some funds will be released before that season to assist the league stem its cash problems.

“Today, I can say this loud and clear that this is the same league that less than a year ago were asking clubs to pay the indemnities of referees. This is the same league that less than one year ago, a company in this country said it is completely worthless.

“But this same league today we are talking of a deal of $34 million. So the past is very important,” Abdullahi said.

“I would like to thank Nigeria Football Federation President Aminu Maigari for making this happen. The NFF President can now confidently anywhere blow his trumpet because he has a trumpet to blow.

“The reason is that when we were struggling with what to do with the league he supported genuine cause and argument that the domestic league should be repackaged which is now yielding positive dividend.”

LMC chairman Nduka Irabor also welcomed the deal.

“With this, Nigerians will have the pleasure of watching six matches a week. And this means happier days are ahead.

“This contract has also seen SuperSport assuring that Nigerians who are working with them will have their jobs secured at least till 2019. It is also important to know that for every year beginning from this year, they have agreed to give us $2m per year beginning from the season meaning we will be having more money in the league,” he said.

- CAJ News


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