The Discovery Sports Limited (DSL) has ordered all Ugandan radio stations to stop broadcasting English Premier League games unless they are get a sub-license from them (DSL).
DSL claims to have acquired exclusive rights to broadcast all English Premier League games in Uganda via radio.
“DSL purchased the rights to broadcast the English Premier League from talkSport. This major broadcaster owns the exclusive rights to broadcast all English Premier League games over radio outside of the United Kingdom.” Says Timothy Kajja, a sports lawyer.
This means that DSL now has exclusive rights in Uganda, and all broadcasters who want to broadcast such games must be sub-licensed by them, or they should stop.
Kajja adds on that any further live radio broadcasts of EPL games in Uganda, or use of the above-mentioned intellectual property without a sub-license from DSL, will constitute a violation of DSL’s broadcast and intellectual property rights by such Radio Stations
talkSport was this year awarded the Premier League live radio broadcast rights packages for the next three football seasons until 2025.
A price that radio broadcasters would have to pay to cover Premier League games hasn’t been clearly stated as Kajja says that the terms would be negotiated.
“We’ll communicate after we finish because some people may want to make changes,” he said.
The development has been communicated to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board.
On addition to this, gaming and betting houses that display EPL logos, club names, and their logos must also cease doing so before being accredited by them as they also have no copyright to use them.