BPL wins autonomy

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 12 June 2018   |   By Ricardo Kanono
Ntshinogang Ntshinogang

Teams to produce, print and sell tickets for league games

Teams to cash 100 per cent gate takings

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 2018/19 season to start on August 18

A tidal wave of change is sweeping through local football after local governing body Botswana Football Association (BFA) granted the premier league autonomy to manage their affairs independently.

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The good news was delivered by Botswana Premier League (BPL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Thabo Ntshinogang during the week. BPL board and Management will now be the custodian and manager of the BTC Premiership when the 2018/19 season starts in August. 

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Already the BPL board has hit the ground running making some drastic changes that are calculated to benefit individual clubs. With only one month before the 2018/19 BTC Premiership season starts, the Botswana Premier League (BPL) board has granted clubs the right to start printing, distributing and selling tickets for their matches.

The BPL board will no longer interfere in the management of tickets for games. A major positive from the decision is that teams will no longer be expected to pay 25 per cent to the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) for the use of their stadia and other facilities. The responsibility will now lie with BPL to settle such payments. Further, BPL will no longer deduct five per cent from gate-takings of the league matches. Consequently, teams will cash 100 per cent of their gate takings.

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The non-interference of the BPL board was revealed by Chairman, Jagdish Shah at the Annual General Assembly in Gaborone on June 2. He urged clubs to start preparing for the new development because they will be expected to start producing their own tickets as soon as fixtures for the season are released. The big question; Are all premier league teams prepared for the new development?

Shah encouraged clubs to plan ahead to exploit opportunities and benefits from selling tickets for all the games throughout the season, including corporate packages at any price they determine to be suitable. He said teams will have the freedom to market and sell the tickets anyhow they want, with a minimum price of P10 per ticket. According to Shah the BPL board is happy with the new arrangement as they will no longer be responsible for managing production, sale and reconciliation of accounts.

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The 2018/19 season is scheduled to start on August 18, which will exclude defending Champions Township Rollers who are still playing in the CAF Championship. On the same day Rollers will be playing a return leg with a Ugandan side in Uganda and will later on August 28 host Esperance Sportive de Tunis. "Those games will not delay the commencement of the league. An arrangement will be made for Rollers to catch up in the league," said Shah.



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