PSL wants 30-minute slot

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The Premier Soccer League wants a 30-minute slot to be allocated to them to deal with their activities as part of the new radio rights being negotiated.

This was confirmed by Irvin Khoza, PSL chairman, who was given a mandate by the executive committee to discuss the rights with SABC Sport.

The fresh mandate to Khoza came after last week's executive meeting in Parktown where the thorny matter was discussed.

Khoza is expected to meet SABC head of enterprises Mvuso Mbebe sometime today to deliberate over radio rights.

"It is true that we want to be given a 30-minute slot, be it every Monday and Wednesday, to talk to the listeners on the developments within the PSL," Khoza said.

"We all know that currently we do not have a platform to talk to the public - there are many things that we would like to share with the soccer family.

"Those things include issues relating to the disciplinary committee, yearly general meeting, the executive committee, yellow cards, suspensions.

"Others are the rescheduling of fixtures, selling and updates of tickets and commission [bonuses]. There is a proposal from the clubs that we will discuss with the SABC. I will round up the clubs once the SABC gets back to us with an offer to see if they accept it or not."

Khoza also confirmed that the two-week temporary licence granted to SABC radio stations to cover the Telkom Knockout has expired. Several commercial and community radio stations are reportedly on stand-by to buy the rights if SABC fails to come up with a market-related offer.