NFF petitions CAF over AFCON broadcast rights fee

| January 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

THE Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Thursday revealed that it had formally written the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to protest its media rights fees, which had denied many Nigerians the chance to follow the performance of the Super Eagles and other teams in the on-going South Africa 2013 Nations Cup.

Holders of the media right for the broadcast of the competition, France-based LC2, had demanded in a meeting with representatives of the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) in Abuja the sum of six million euros if it desired to broadcast the matches of the competition to its numerous viewers.

BON reject the condition, which has left all the Nigerian television stations out of live coverage of the matches.

General Secretary of the Nigeria football Federation (NFF), Musa Amadu stated in Abuja that the federation, which also had the same media right controversy with CAF during the qualifying matches, had officially written the continental body to protest its handling of the issue.

Amadu, who also saluted the courage of the leadership of BON in taking a firm stand on the issue, urged CAF to reconsider its position, noting that if Nigerian stations could find it difficult to pay the price, it means that CAF fees were too high for them.

“CAF has in the last two years centralised its media marketing, this media right or those other rights that they use to generate revenues. Even during the World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers, we had issues with them with regard to pitch panels that they insisted they must bring in for their sponsors.”

 

 

 

 

 

“We gave them slots for that, but they were unable to come with those panels through their agent. We had to put our own sponsors there. But now they have centralised their broadcast right, a decision was taken that they would put all the revenues generated from the media right in one pull and later distribute to all the federations under CAF, taking into cognisance the size of the country and number of matches they played in the competition.

“But I want to say that as much as they want to raise the revenue profile of the institution of CAF for the development of football in member nations, they also must be aware that the price they put for some of the rights are so high. It is difficult. If TV stations in a country like Nigeria are finding it difficult to pay such prices, it goes a long way to prove that their demand is high; this is because Nigeria is a very rich economy in the African continent. If our stations are unable to pay, then there is a problem and they must look at it and bring down this process for people to watch these matches. As it is now, if you do not own DSTV or access to some other outside channels, you can’t watch the matches.”

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