"It's regrettable that since Supersport pulled out of the broadcast deal with NPFL, the league has been off air for ...
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has charged the Federal Government to take a cue from the English Premier League and the South Africa League to give the adequate support needed for the Nigeria Professional Football League to develop.
The Call which was made in a press statement signed by the Secretary General of SWAN Mr. Jude Opara came on the backdrop of the 2019/2020 NPFL season billed to kick-off this weekend, without any strong hope of television broadcast for the games.
SWAN told the federal government to emulate the South African example where the Premier Soccer league has been kept alive and made available to the citizenry, via South Africa Broadcast Commission which was empowered by government to purchase broadcast right for the league, thereby reducing attraction to capital flights in the consumption and corporate promotion of foreign football products.
SWAN also recalls that "the English Premier league that is admired today was established with a grant of £150m to the founding clubs for upgrade of facilities. We need to learn from these examples towards nation building."
SWAN further added that: "It is no longer tenable for critical stakeholders to just sit and watch while the foreign leagues continue to colonise the interest of our fans, enjoy their patronage and even the sponsorship and promotion of our corporate organisations who rely on them to penetrate our local population".
"It's regrettable that since Supersport pulled out of the broadcast deal with NPFL, the league has been off air for two years. As it were, a new season is about to kick off without any assurance of being on TV. If the league is not broadcast, it may not attract brand sponsorships and the clubs won't grow; meaning that the league cannot secure its full potentials".
SWAN also told the "to bring the Ministries of Industry and Investment; Information and Culture as well as Youth and Sports Dev't to interface with a view to building capacity, and strengthening the broadcast sector to play its role in the sustenance and growth and development of the league".