Broadcast Rights Agreement With TPL Still Stands, Says Nigerian Premier League

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The Nigerian Premier League (NPL), has said that its Title Sponsorship suit at the Federal High Court, Lagos, did not affect its Broadcast Rights Agreement with Total Promotions Ltd (TPL).

The Acting NPL Executive Secretary, Tunji Babalola, said that the title sponsorship tussle and broadcast rights agreement were parallel issues. "We have an existing broadcast rights agreement with TPL and the title sponsorship suit in the court has no bearing on this agreement," he said. He expressed the desire for a quick resolution of the suit and said that the lack of a title sponsor was taking its toll on the organisation of the competition.

It would be recalled that TPL recently sued NPL following the revocation of the Premier league title sponsorship it won on behalf of MTN Nigeria last December. With the development, the NPL has been operating without a budget and relies on the meagre fund it receives from its broadcast rights agreement with TPL.

Babalola said that the NPL was in a difficult situation because it had not been able to meet its numerous obligations. "On a daily basis we get inundated with calls from match officials and hotels over unpaid emoluments and bills. And we the administrators are not happy with this unpleasant development plaguing the Premier League.We earnestly hope that the matter in court will be quickly resolved in favour of football and those who earn their living from it," he said.