SuperSport confirms Caf’s blackout after termination of Lagardère contract
22 November 2019
The broadcasting giants are affected by the decision of the African Football Federation and will not present any continental match until further notice. SuperSport announced that the content of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has been discontinued following the termination of the $ 1 billion rights agreement signed by Lagardère.
This decision means that the continent’s fans will not be able to watch the U23 Africa Cup of Nations, next week’s African Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers and the upcoming continental tournaments on DStv until new order.
Earlier this week, Caf announced the end of Lagardère’s 12-year rights as exclusive agent for the sale of marketing and media rights.According to Caf’s statement on Friday, the cancellation came after the agreement was declared void by the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), the Cairo Economic Courts (ECC) and the Common Market Competition Commission. Eastern and Southern Africa [CCCs].
This affected SuperSport, which bought the French agency’s broadcasting rights. Joe Heshu, MultiChoice group executive for corporate affairs lamented the situation in which the company finds itself with no substitute agreement in place for the games to be broadcast.
“We are in a difficult position where we cannot broadcast the Caf games when we don’t have a firm contractual arrangement in place. SuperSport previously acquired these broadcast rights from Lagardere‚” said Heshu.