SABC deal with CSA carries no commercial risk - Maroleng

Thabang Moroe (Gallo)
Thabang Moroe (Gallo)

Cape Town - The SABC's broadcast deal with Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the upcoming SA T20 League will not place any further commercial strain on the public broadcaster. 

That is the view of SABC's COO, Charles Maroleng. 

READ: SA T20 League faces another major challenge

Maroleng and CSA CEO Thabang Moroe addressed media in Johannesburg on Wednesday after the partnership between the parties was announced on Tuesday. 

And, it isn't even clear whether or not the SABC paid any money at all for the deal. 

"This is a commercially viable partnership between CSA and the SABC. It does not put any extra commercial risk on the SABC. It has not been done in an irresponsible way," Maroleng said.

CSA had initially announced an equity deal with SuperSport for the tournament before the MultiChoice-owned company bailed out of that deal. 

CSA announced that the SABC deal would seek to screen matches at 19:00 on SABC 3once the tournament got underway on November 9, while SABC 2 would also be opened as a possible viewing channel. 

CSA is expected to announce the six host cities in the next couple of days.

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