SABC’s Chris Maroleng can’t say how much the broadcaster is paying for EPL games

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operations officer Chris Maroleng on Wednesday said it could not divulge how much the cash-strapped public broadcaster was forking out for the rights to beam the English Premier League (EPL) to South Africans.

The SABC recently acquired the rights to show EPL games.

However‚ Maroleng was more than happy to tell SA that the broadcaster was unable to flight Bafana Bafana matches because the South African Football Association (Safa) demanded R110-million per annum‚ while the SABC could only afford to pay them R10-million.

Maroleng also ducked and dived when asked about the costs of the T20 cricket rights they recently acquired from Cricket SA.

Moreover‚ he could not for certain say whether or not Bafana Bafana would ever return to the public broadcaster’s small screens‚ other than saying: “We are still engaging with Safa.”

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