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14.01.2020 Football News

REVEALED: Why $17.9m StarTimes Deal With GFA Was Cancelled

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
REVEALED: Why $17.9m StarTimes Deal With GFA Was Cancelled
LISTEN JAN 14, 2020

Head of Marketing of StarTimes Ghana, Mrs Akorfa Banson has revealed why their ten years deal with the Ghana Football Association was terminated.

In November 2016, the television network signed a deal with the Ghana FA worth $17.9m.

StarTimes acquired all media rights of the Ghana Premier League, the Gala, the National Division One League, the MTN FA Cup, the Ghana Women’s League and the Ghana Juvenile League.

However, after signing a new five-year deal with the new Ghana FA, the Chinese pay per view television network revealed that the “Number 12” documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas influenced their decision to cancel the contract.

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Former GFA President Kwesi Nyanatkyi and some Executive Committee Members and StarTimes officials sign a ten-year deal in Chinese in 2018 in China

“After ‘Number 12’, there was no football activities in the country so we decided to approach the Ghana League Clubs Association [GHALCA] for a StarTimes competition but they informed us they will have to contact Normalization Committee," Mrs Banson told Asempa FM.

“The Normalization Committee told us they are not interested in the competition so they awarded the broadcast rights to Ghana Broadcasting Corporation [GBC] so we decided to terminate the contract.

“It was mutual agreement because were only interested in providing content for Ghana Football,” he added.

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