SABC Won’t Broadcast Rugby World Cup

05 Sep 2019

The SABC will not broadcast the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in Japan later this month.

The public broadcaster had not been able to reach an agreement to acquire the rights from SuperSport.

“The public broadcaster aims to broadcast all sporting events of national interest, as well as national teams in the various sporting codes, in the execution of its mandate,” said spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu. “But the cost of these particular rights would not be commercially sustainable and there would not be a return on investment for the organisation.”

However, Mthembu confirmed that the SABC was still in talks with SuperSport for the rights to broadcast the Rugby World Cup matches on radio.

The World Cup kicks off on 20 September, when hosts Japan take on Russia. The Springboks’ opening match against New Zealand will be played the following day. The tournament ends on 2 November.

The SABC announcement comes a week after the public broadcaster announced that it had finally reached an agreement with SuperSport to broadcast the PSL matches after a blackout of the first few weeks of the season. The agreement is valid for five years.

Negotiations are, however, still ongoing with SAFA over the broadcast of Bafana Bafana games.

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