Tuesday, March 16, 2010

TV Coverage Of NPL Matches Under Threat

It appears that the television coverage for the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has come under risk following the recent kidnapping of three of SuperSport’s television crew in Owerri.
Naijaligue.blogspot.com learnt that the journalists attached to the sports television company are concerned with the spate of growing cases of kidnapping in the south-east and the south-west.
After the release of SuperSport’s sound technician, Nick Greyling, who is a South African on March 8 – precisely seven days after he was kidnapped alongside a commentator, Bowie Atama and a cameraman, Alexander Effiong – it is likely that clubs in the south-east and south-south would be facing blackout in the television coverage of their games.
It is believed that the official broadcaster of the Premier League in Nigeria, SuperSport, would not be risking the lives of its employees to cover matches in troubled spots of the country except its staff is provided with adequate security before, during and after matches.
Even the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), which was scheduled to televise a Premier League match on Sunday, rather opted to show a recorded game of last season between Kano Pillars and Warri Wolves on its international channel also on the DStv bouquet.
This development could lead to clubs such as Enugu Rangers, Heartland Football Club, Bayelsa United, Ocean Boys, Warri Wolves, Sharks Football Club, Enyimba and Dolphin Football Club suffering a television blackout at their venues.
It would be recalled that Greyling was released a week after he was kidnapped by his abductors alongside Atama. 

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