SuperSport SABC TV rights deal explained


The Public Broadcaster is believed to be paying SuperSport R72-million a year for the Premier Soccer League broadcast rights for 46 matches, two per week, including all PSL semifinals, finals and all derbies.

The SABC will also broadcast six GladAfrica Championship playoff games, while SABC Radio will broadcast 168 matches.

At the beginning of the 2019/20 season millions of South African football followers who do not have access to pay TV couldn't watch their favourite teams as Absa Premiership matches were not shown by the struggling broadcaster.

But everything was resolved when sports minister Nathi Mthethwa intervened.

When approached for clearity, Van den Berg explained the agreement around the SuperSport deal with SABC.

"We have a sub-licensing arrangement with the national broadcaster," he tells

"This has been the case for several years. Essentially, SuperSport has the rights to distribute content to a free-to-air carrier on reasonable terms, so we struck a deal with SABC for them to broadcast some PSL matches."

Van den Berg was asked what type of matches are thought to be better-suited for SABC than SuperSport.

"Sorry, we don't divulge the nature of contracts. Match selections are done collaboratively."