TV Deal War: Fufa Sets Stiff Regulations

The current broadcasting war over the local topflight football league that saw both Vipers and SC Victoria University snub a Fufa directive of signing SuperSport’s deed of adherence has led to new strict regulations.

Fufa announced yesterday that all clubs which register with Fufa irrespective of the levels at which they play, cheapest must respect and oblige by the decisions made by the federation regarding broadcast rights.

CEO Edgar Watson said all changes were made to harmonise the running of football in Uganda. Edgar said effective from Monday this week.

“This is the best way forward for both the FA and clubs. The executive sat over the weekend (Saturday) and passed the resolution so we expect club officials to comply, more about ” Watson said at the federation’s weekly press briefing at Mengo.

Further still, the regulations say, once a club is registered, it will not be allowed to change its principle location. This, according to Fufa, will help in stopping teams from being promoted in unsporting means.

However these regulations are forecast to face resistance from intractable clubs in the red of the matter that Fufa does not own the league’s commercial rights moreover not passed by the General Assembly.

Tanzanian owned Azam TV reportedly tabled a Ushs 1.28bn (at least about Ushs 80m per club) offer to the 16 UPL clubs per season – a mind boggling offer compared to SuperSports’ anticipated Ushs 68m for each club.

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