SuperSport extends longstanding PSL rights deal

Top-tier South African soccer leagues agree five-season extension with domestic broadcaster.

SuperSport extends longstanding PSL rights deal

The Premier Soccer League (PSL), the organising body of the top two divisions of South African club soccer, has agreed a five-season extension to its rights deal with sub-Saharan African broadcaster SuperSport.

Starting with the 2018/19 PSL season, SuperSport will air a selection of live fixtures and edited highlights packages for its subscribers throughout the agreement. The pay-TV channel has broadcast South African soccer’s leading competitions for the past ten years. 

The financial terms of the renewal have not been made public. 

“PSL is delighted to continue its special relationship which has existed over a ten-year period and has seen the Premier Soccer League grow into a world class product,” said Irvin Khoza, chairman of the PSL. “We feel the relationship has resulted in tangible benefits for the Premier Soccer League, its clubs, players and South African football generally.”

Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport, added: “Having recently celebrated our ten-year partnership with the PSL, this is a tremendous opportunity to further help grow and nourish the sport. This agreement will do much for South African football, for footballers and indeed their families.”

The PSL was won in 2016/17 by the Bidvest Wits. Gavin Hunt’s team won their first ever league title by three points from the Mamelodi Sundowns and qualified for the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.