Welcome back, Supersport, but...

The past month or so had been dark for the Nigerian League and lovers of the game due to uncertainty over the live coverage of games.

I can not claim to know all the details because there was no official statement I saw from either the broadcast rights owners, Supersport or the League, the LMC.

The country, except those that should know dwelt on speculations, but here we are, dwelling on another speculation that all is now well.

When the story broke that Supersport had pulled out of the league, we could only feast on crumbs. Why did they pull out? The league will go back into the dark ages.

Some school of thought said it was an argument over money and the foreign exchange needed to service the contract.

Another said it was the fact that the League did not provide value for money spent and the Supersport hierarchy had become disillusioned.

Another spoke about more than 90% of production staff sacked at Supersport because they didn’t need them anymore

Lots of claims but with no official statement from either party, all the watching world got where the crumbs that they speculated on.

In the absence of Supersport, there was no marked difference though.

The League had gone on a midseason break that lasted about a month so aside rescheduled games there was no real match days missed except for the Match Day 20 games of last weekend.

Did untoward things happen at match venues on Match Day 20 that Supersport cameras would have stopped? I doubt that very much.

However, early on Tuesday morning reports filtered in on social media that live broadcasts of matches will return.

Again, there was no official statement from either the league or Supersport.

Not that we expected any, did we?


Welcome back Supersport. The league needs an eye and that is what you are. The shenanigans may still exist but with your cameras at the stadium it would be a whole lot reduced.

But with no official statement from any one that should know, we can only feast on speculations.

One school of thought says there will just be one live game a month until the League ends.

Another school of thought says only games in Lagos will be live on television.

Yet another school of thought posits that only games in the Western region of the country will enjoy live coverage.

That means we will only see home games of MFM, Shooting Stars, Sunshine Stars and maybe ABS FC simply because the broadcast rights owners want to by all means reduce their logistics costs.

Welcome back Supersport but we need to know the details… more of it.





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3 comments:

  1. Even if Supersport comes back, I doubt they'll change their broadcast patterns. It will still be the few cities that are logistically ok.

    There is need for a wider coverage than what we are getting but regardless fans want the NPFL back on TV

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