ZBC in Trouble Over “Illegal” Football Broadcasts

HARARE – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) is demanding $2,000 from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) for the “illegal” live broadcast of two continental matches.

ZBC were awarded the right to broadcast the African Champions League last year however the terms of the agreement only allow the state broadcaster to show matches terrestrially in the host country and on the exclusive condition that they broadcast the official credits, commercials and spots supplied by the holder of TV rights.

However it is reported that ZBC receied revenues that breached its rights deal after inviting advertisers for the “illegal” live broadcast of the Champions League which was shown outside of Zimbabwe.

According to The Zimbabwe Standard, the state broadcaster broadcast the African Champions League match between Premiership champions Monomotapa and Zanzibar’s Miembeni FC at Rufaro Stadium on February 1 without authority. ZBC then went on to show the Caps United’s Confederation Cup game against Egypt’s ENNPI at the same venue on March 1 and the Champions League match.

“ZBC needs to be educated about television rights,” said Henrietta Rushwaya, CEO of the Zimbabwe Football Association. Rushwaya added that by a match commissioner lodged a report with CAF after learning the Caps match had been broadcast live without CAF authority.

French-based sports agency Sportfive holds the broadcasting rights for the CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup in a long-term agreement.

ZBC public relations officer, Sivukile Simango, said he “was not sure what happened with regards to this case”. (Sportsbusiness.com)