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SuperSport Wins 2022 FIFA World Cup Broadcast Rights

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By Adedapo Adesanya

A famous pay-TV in Africa, SuperSport, a product of MultiChoice, has won the rights to broadcast all the 64 matches of the FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar in 2022.

The company, which prides itself as the World of Champions, obtained the rights after sealing a deal with the world’s football governing body, FIFA.

SuperSport, with the development, continues its long-standing association with football’s governing body and reaffirms the firm as Africa’s home of world football.

SuperSport’s pay-TV broadcast rights extend to all platforms across sub-Saharan Africa and represent even more opportunities to provide fans with compelling live content.

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According to the company in a statement, the FIFA World Cup always excites fans and the kick-off times will be most convenient for our viewers, given friendly broadcast time-zones.

High Definition coverage will be across multiple channels with expert analysis, in-depth digital offerings, supplementary programming and much more in keeping with the grand scale of the event.

To be contested by 32 teams, including champions France, the World Cup will be held for the first time from November 21 to December 18, and the first to be held in one city.

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The FIFA acquisition sits alongside SuperSport’s already substantial offering that includes all the major football leagues from around the world.

Speaking on the deal with FIFA, Mr Marc Jury, Chief Executive of SuperSport said, “This is fantastic news, especially after the success of the 2018 tournament, a fitting celebration of the beautiful game.

“The FIFA World Cup always excites fans and the kick-off times will be most convenient for our viewers, given friendly broadcast time zones.”

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SuperSport is Africa’s premier sports broadcaster, producing and broadcasting local and international sport for GOtv and DStv pay-TV customers across sub-Saharan Africa.

SuperSport provides a mix of 35 channels, offering a wide selection of the best local and international sports action across a multitude of disciplines.

Now available on DStv and GOtv as well as on SuperSport.com and DStv Now in 50 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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UEFA Scraps Away Goals Rule After 56 Years

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Union of the European Football Association (UEFA) has scrapped the away goals rule for their Champions League and Europa League competitions 56 years after it was first introduced.

The European football organising body made the announcement on Thursday and it said the decision will apply to the men’s, women’s and youth tournaments.

The away goal rule has been an integral part of European football and could swing a tie if a team managed to bag a goal at their opponent’s ground.

Introduced in 1965, the rule was used to determine the winner of a two-legged knockout tie in cases where the two teams had scored the same number of goals on aggregate over the two matches

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UEFA President, Mr Aleksander Ceferin, explained that after consultation with clubs, it had been decided the rule was unfair.

“The away goals rule has been an intrinsic part of UEFA competitions since it was introduced in 1965. However, the question of its abolition has been debated at various UEFA meetings over the last few years.

“Although there was no unanimity of views, many coaches, fans and other football stakeholders have questioned its fairness and have expressed a preference for the rule to be abolished.

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“The impact of the rule now runs counter to its original purpose as, in fact, it now dissuades home teams – especially in first legs – from attacking, because they fear conceding a goal that would give their opponents a crucial advantage,” he added.

“There is also criticism of the unfairness, especially in extra time, of obliging the home team to score twice when the away team has scored.

“It is fair to say that home advantage is nowadays no longer as significant as it once was,” he continued.

“Taking into consideration the consistency across Europe in terms of styles of play, and many different factors which have led to a decline in home advantage, the UEFA Executive Committee has taken the correct decision in adopting the view that it is no longer appropriate for an away goal to carry more weight than one scored at home.”

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It is, however, unclear at this stage if the rule change will be applied to international competitions.

For example, World Cup qualification ties have used the away goals rule, while it has also been applied in the AFC Champions League, the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana.

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Eko Boys, Lead Forte Garden Lift GTBank Masters Cup

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Eko Boys High School GTBank Masters Cup

By Dipo Olowookere

Winners have emerged in the male and female categories of the prestigious GTBank Masters Cup Season 9, which climaxed last week.

In the final match of the male category played last Friday at the Campos Stadium, Lagos Island, Eko Boys High School defeated Anwar Ul Islam by 2-0. The victory was a testimony to resilience as Eko Boys had tried for many years to win the coveted trophy.

In the third-place game played on Thursday, June 17, Kings College were winners in a 3-0 walkover in the absence of Greensprings College, Lekki.

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In the female category, the highlight of the day was the third-place match that ended in a 5-1 victory for Queens College, Yaba over Ansar Ur Deen College, Itire. In the finals, Greensprings College, Lekki, lost 3-0 to the defending champions, Lead Forte Garden College.

“Sports has an immense capacity to shape young minds, and after the unprecedented disruptions of the previous year, we are delighted that young people can get back on the pitch to imbibe the values of excellence, teamwork and fair play,” the MD/CEO of GTBank, Mr Segun Agbaje, said.

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“At GTBank, we will continue to champion programmes that bring the values of sports to school compounds and give young people the platform to hone their talents and build character whilst staying focused on their academics,” he assured.

The GTBank Masters Cup Season 9 only made a return last week 15 months after the COVID-19 pandemic put a pause to the competition, which is regarded as one of Nigeria’s illustrious grassroots football competitions.

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Founded in 2012, the GTBank Masters Cup is an annual football tournament for secondary schools, which is renowned for discovering the best young football talent in the country, with many past and present players now on trials and scholarships with football clubs and academies in Nigeria and abroad.

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Seychelles Supreme Court Upholds Rights of African Content Producers

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A recent finding of the Supreme Court of Seychelles in the case of MultiChoice Africa Holdings B.V and SuperSport International (Pty) Ltd v Intelvision Limited shows courts in Africa are willing to protect the rights of African content producers and rights holders.

The court found that Intelvision was breaking the law when it broadcast matches from the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament for which it did not have broadcast rights. This is the first successful application of Seychelles’ Copyright Act.

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This decision sets a strong national and regional precedent in upholding content-sharing agreements to ensure that the rights of content providers are protected at every level of the supply chain.

The goal is to ensure that creators are remunerated fairly and the content ecosystem – on which much of modern media is built – remains sustainable.

The court ordered that a commissioner be appointed to investigate Intelvision’s accounts to assess the benefit derived by Intelvision from the illegal broadcast of the AFCON tournament.

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Once the investigation is complete, the court will determine the amount to be paid by Intelvision to MultiChoice Africa and SuperSport as damages suffered by these parties.

Content piracy takes many forms, often simply amounting to intentional content theft. The respondent, Intelvision, was found to be in breach of copyright for its blatant disregard of the rights held by the content producers and rights owners.

While the Seychelles ruling is to be applauded, the fight against piracy is global and Africa is meeting the challenge head-on.

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Civil-society organisations and government agencies across the continent are actively working to protect content-creator and owner rights by developing policy, passing laws and enforcing them.

There is also a willingness among content stakeholders to assert their own rights, as the MultiChoice and SuperSport victory in Seychelles demonstrates. Increasingly, Africa is building a united front against piracy and fighting for copyright-protection enforcement.

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