Ugandan Radio Stations Banned From Broadcasting English Premier League Soccer Games

Ugandan Radio Stations Banned From Broadcasting English Premier League Soccer Games

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By Spy Uganda

Kampala: All Ugandan radio stations have been banned from broadcasting English Premier League games unless they are sub-licensed by Discovery Sports Limited (DSL).

According to Timothy Kajja, a sports lawyer, DSL has acquired exclusive rights to broadcast all English Premier League games in Uganda via radio and becomes the major broadcaster of all English Premier League games over radios outside of the United Kingdom.

Kajja further noted that talkSport was this year awarded the Premier League live radio broadcast rights packages for the next three football seasons until 2025 and DSL now has exclusive rights in Uganda.

Futher more all radios will need to acquire a sub-license from Discovery Sports Limited which is licensed by the EPL. Betting companies will also need a sub-license to use Club names, EPL logo and player images.

“Any further live radio broadcasts of EPL games in Uganda, or use of the above-mentioned intellectual property without a sub-license from DSL, will constitute a violation of DSL’s broadcast and intellectual property rights by such Radio Stations,” he Kajja said in a statement.

DSL has also been granted exclusive rights to hold/use the EPL logo, the EPL anthem, club names, and logos, according to Kajja, and the development has been communicated to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board.

The English Premier League remains a popular league in Uganda, where youth make up more than 70% of the population.

Local radio stations are partly to thank for the English league’s popularity, as many of them provide live commentary of the league games to locals.

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