Compromise ends long-standing fight at BSA

2013-10-06 14:00

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All smiles following TV rights decision.

The biggest success from last week’s National Boxing Indaba in Pretoria was the resolution adopted by delegates on the long-standingissue of TV broadcasting rights.

Delegates reached a consensus that Boxing SA (BSA) will now negotiate dates with all TV networks, unlike before when promoters negotiated everything for themselves, including fight dates.

Recently appointed BSA chairperson Ntambi Ravele said the agreement would ensure that everyone benefited.

Ravele said promoters would negotiate with broadcasters about staging tournaments once the calendar dates had been agreed on.

She said BSA would also ensure compliance between broadcasters and promoters to avoid being taken for a ride with false declarations of broadcast income.

But BSA will represent emerging promoters and also negotiate for itself with regards to boxing magazine programmes.

Ravele said: “Established promoters will handle title fights and negotiate their own deals. Meanwhile, we will assist development promoters who promote provincial fights and women tournaments.”

She explained that the magazine shows will serve to promote and market the sport as per the SA Boxing Act.

Ravele also said the licensing criteria would be revisited, with promoters expected to submit their business plans before they could be licensed.

Ayanda Matiti, the secretary of the National Boxing Promoters’ Association, said they were happy with the outcome of the indaba.

“This convention was a historic one because we managed to find a win-win solution with BSA,” he said.

Matiti said the indaba agreed that neither BSA nor promoters should own the broadcasting rights. Instead, that should rest with TV networks.

A boxing blackout at the SABC has persisted for the past three years as a result of a standoff between BSA and promoters on who owns broadcasting rights.

Branco Sport Productions boss Branco Milenkovic took BSA to court in an attempt to stop it from signing a memorandum of understanding with the SABC.

As a result, many boxers lost their world title belts due to inactivity.

Asked whether he would consider dropping the case as a result of the resolution adopted at the indaba, Milenkovic refused to comment.

Promoter Andile Sidinile believes the compromise will go a long way towards mending the relationship between the governing body and promoters.

Other Indaba resolutions

The National Boxing Association

Boxing SA (BSA) was mandated to form the association by February. It will comprise fully functional promoters, managers, trainers, boxers and ring officials’ associations.

Provincial boxing commissions

The ministry will have to establish these commissions in all nine provinces to ease the workload of BSA national office bearers.

Boxing Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame will honour former boxing heroes to preserve the sport’s rich history.

Women in boxing

Special focus should be directed at supporting women in boxing, elevating their status of participation.

Emerging black promoters

The ministry was tasked with the responsibility to integrate these promoters into the mainstream boxing economy, in line with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

The middle man

It was acknowledged that managers who are supposed to be the link between promoters and boxers were not doing what they were supposed to do.

There was a need for a standardised system for managers toperform their duties accordingly and transparently for the benefit of boxers.

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