League Management Committee (LMC) has announced a deal worth N5.1 billion with South African broadcast company, Supersport.
The deal, which is for an initial period of 2015-2019, is expected to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria’s top flight league.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission (NSC), Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi on Monday reaffirmed the commitment of the federal government to develop the Nigerian Professional Football League.
Speaking in Abuja while receiving the report of the league management committee presented by its chairman, Mr. Nduka Irabor, the minister applauded the committee for their effort in securing a $34 million deal to Nigerian football.
Abdullahi who advised football club proprietors to show more commitment in order to improve the standard of the game however warned referees and club administrators to desist from fixing matches saying it is a criminal act and anyone caught will be handed over to the independent corrupt practices commission.
Nigeria Premier League club owners have announced the sacking of the Nduka Irabor-led league management committee on the ground that the committee registered a league management company without the consent and approval of the club owners.
Acting chairman of the club owners, Mr Isaac Danladi who announced this in Abuja at the end of an emergency meeting of premier league club owners, declared the league management company as an illegal outfit and dissociated themselves from the said company.
The club owners also mandated the executive secretary of the premier league, Mr Tunji Babalola to immediately take charge of the secretariat.
They also ordered the mobilization of secretariat staff to all league venues to take control of activities pending the election of a substantive board for the league.
The controversy plaguing the board of the Nigerian Premier League has been laid to rest, at least for now as a new 13-man interim management of the league was inaugurated yesterday.
The management will be responsible for the running of the affairs of the NPL, pending the election of a new board.
Corruption charges were brought against the head of the previous board; Rumson Victor Baribote as he was accused of misappropriation of funds and a lack of transparency and accountability which was held to blame for the failure of the NPL to attract sponsorship.
How the legal practitioner has decided to take his case to the Federal High Court despite his removal.
The committee will be headed by former member of the House of Representatives, Nduka Irabor and includes Nwankwo Kanu; NPL Secretary-General, Tunji Babalola; Mike Enahoro; Shehu Dikko; Modele Sarafa-Yusuf; Abubakar Nuhu Dan Buran; Kunle Elebute; Mike Idoko; former Secretary-General of the NPL Salisu Abubakar; chairman of Kaduna United FC Sabo Babayaro; chairman of Lagos State Football Association Seyi Akinwunmi and Ifeanyi Dike.
The new committee has been charged with organising the 2012/2013 season, which does not yet have an agreed start date, with reviewing all NPL contracts, with dealing with TV and sponsorship rights, developing strategy, reforming the League to achieve profitability and reviewing procedures for elections to the NPL board. It will also develop new standards for players contracts.