StarTimes sets tough conditions for UPL clubs.
No club allowed to get a sponsor who is a direct competitor with StarTimes, the new sponsors of the Uganda Premier League.
This is a shift from the previous arrangement where the then league sponsors Azam TV allowed clubs like KCCA FC, SC Villa and Express FC to get sponsorship packages from Startimes and DSTV respectively.
StarTimes Ltd, a pay TV company inked a 10-year-deal worth $7.24m (Shs 27bn) with FUFA to sponsor the league.
At a press briefing held at Mandela National Stadium boardroom, Namboole, Adrine Nsubuga, the StarTimes – Uganda vice president told journalists that the games will be played thrice a week and three games will be relayed live per week.
Nsubuga said, all media houses intending to give any kind of coverage to the league will be required to seek permission from the title sponsors who are also sole owners of broadcasting rights.
Uganda premier league board chief executive officer Bernard Bainamani announced that the league will commence on September 28.
However he was not in position to announce the fixture due to delayed club licensing process.
“No club can appear on fixture before completing the licensing requirements. At least when we contacted the federation almost 95% of the process is done. We hope next week to be done with fixtures,” said Bainamani.
The league will be preceded by FUFA super cup game that will be played on September 22 between league champions Vipers SC and Stanbic Uganda Cup champions KCCA FC at a venue to be communicated on a later date.
Unlike before, the league will also be running concurrently with secondary transfer period of January. This has been accepted to occur since no much Confederation of African football activities will be going on by that time.