The Confederation of African Football has launched a tender process for host broadcast and TV services for its events in 2022 and 2023.
The first event is the postponed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which Cameroon will host from 9 January to 6 February next year.
CAF says that the majority of its local host broadcast requirements are already in place as part of an agreement with the local organising committee. However, CAF requires partners to ‘complete its services’ in areas such as host broadcast production, satellite distribution, and graphics and broadcaster co-ordination services.
In 2019, CAF cancelled its 12-year global media and sponsorship rights agreement with the Lagardère Sports (now Sportfive) agency, worth $1bn, in a move described by the France-based conglomerate as “unlawful, unreasonable and unjustified”. The deal had been extended to 2028 before the cancellation.
SuperSport had agreed a long-term rights deal with the agency for CAF competitions before the contract was scrapped. The pay-television broadcaster also held a separate contract with the agency to act as host broadcaster for all Cup of Nations and CAF Champions League matches played in sub-Saharan Africa.
The cancellation led a blackout as SuperSport announced a halt to its broadcast of CAF content.
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The list of events being offered in the CAF tender also includes: the 2022 African Nations Championship; the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations; the 2022 Africa Beach Soccer Cup of Nations; the 2023 U-17 and U-20 Cup of Nations tournaments; the CAF Champions League, Confederation Cup and CAF Super Cup in 2021-22 and 2022-23; the 2022 CAF Women’s Champions League 2022; and the qualifying competition for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
CAF last month launched its tender process for pay-TV and pay-per-view media rights in sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The tender also includes pay-TV and pay-per-view rights to other events in 2022 and 2023, including the African Nations Championship, the Africa Women Cup of Nations, and the CAF Champions League and Super Cup.