Icasa provides clarity on sports broadcasting regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) wants sports rights to be available on a free-to-air basis instead of the subscription on different sports categories.

This has angered PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza who says the proposed regulations will cripple the professionalisation of football in South Africa.

Icasa's board chairperson Reuben Mohlaloga says he does not understand the negative reaction to these regulations. Icasa has just clarified the different categories and what that means for different broadcasters, he explains.

The category in which the PSL falls is Group B and if the rights are acquired by a subscription broadcaster, they can't acquire them exclusively.

Reuben Mohlaloga, Board chairperson - Icasa

Whoever is a free-to-air broadcaster who wants to broadcast those games, they can acquire those rights from the subscription broadcaster if there's an agreed rate between the two.

Reuben Mohlaloga, Board chairperson - Icasa

All I need to understand is the noise around the regulations because the authorities were just trying to clarify the criteria through which the sporting codes of national interest are categorised and what criteria must be followed.

Reuben Mohlaloga, Board chairperson - Icasa

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