The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has lodged a complaint against SuperSport and various sporting entities in South Africa, accusing them of anticompetitive and exclusionary behaviour and asking that punitive fines be imposed.
The complaint to the commission alleges that SuperSport has abused its dominance in sports broadcasting, hindering the public broadcaster’s ability to compete with its standalone sports channel.
The SABC further argued that this conduct contravenes with the Competition Act.
According to BMA sources, the complaint deals with SuperSport’s sub-licensing restrictions, which prevent the public broadcaster from airing sub-licensed games on direct-to-home satellite or online streaming services.
The public broadcaster’s standalone sports channel is available on digital terrestrial platforms and Openview, the free-to-air satellite service owned by eMedia Investments, and the Telkom One streaming mobile app.
The complaint was also aimed at various sporting bodies, including the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and SA Rugby, over their consensus with SuperSport.
The SABC is considered particularly unhappy about conditions attached to the sub-licensing of PSL and Springbok rugby games.
The public broadcaster has also aimed its complaint at various other sporting bodies, mainly soccer clubs.
SABC head of communications and stakeholder relations Ndileka Cola confirmed that the corporation had complained to the Competition Commission, but no further statement was given by the corporation.