Costly Champions League broadcast for Dynamos

THE Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s failure to acquire adequate technical facilities will cost Dynamos US$136 899 in the group phase of the African champions league which begins this weekend with a home match against defending champions TP Mazembe.

According to a report seen by IndependentSport, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said the state broadcaster has no capacity to deliver an international signal of an acceptable standard.

Sportfive, an international sports rights agency, will provide the service and the cost met by Dynamos.
Sportfive will provide the external facilities, which include setting up a production company, a satellite truck and a director sent from South Africa in order to obtain a feed of international standards. In turn, Dynamos, will pay a full match production fee of US$45 633 per game.

For their three home games, Dynamos will fork out a total $136 899.
Although broadcasting standards in such countries as Nigeria and the DRC are also fairly substandard, they however only pay about $15 000 to screen a live match in the competition.

This is not the first time ZBC has lost out on a lucrative broadcasting deal.
The state-controlled broadcaster failed to  provide feed for the high-profile international friendly between Zimbabwe and Brazil last month.

South African sports broadcaster Supersport screened the match live from the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

ZBC had been given first priority by Kentaro, the Brazilians’ agents, to screen the match live.

ZBC often struggles to broarcast international sports events held in the country, giving both local and international media agents an opportunty to capitalise. Zimbabwe cricket’s OB van is used for local Champions League games.

 

Ashley Marimo

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