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All Ugandan radio stations ordered to stop broadcasting English Premier League games

Sad news coming in indicates how all radio stations in Uganda have been ordered to stop broadcasting English Premier League games in Uganda.

This is unless they are sub licensed by Discovery Sports Limited (DSL). This company claims that it got broadcasting rights for the English Premier League games in Uganda over radio.

Timothy Kajja a sports lawyer says that DSL acquired the exclusive rights from talkSport.

talkSport owns all the rights to broadcast all English Premier League games on radio outside the United Kingdom .

talkSport was this year awarded the Premier League live radio broadcast rights packages for the next three football seasons until 2025.

Further Kajja added that all radio stations in Uganda that want to broadcast the games should get a sub license from talkSport or else they should stop.

“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,” he stated.

He also said that the amount to be paid for these games by these radio stations will be negotiated and communicated.

“We’ll communicate after we finish because some people may want to make changes,” he said.

Further DSL has also been granted exclusive rights to hold/use the EPL logo, the EPL anthem, club names, and logos, according to Kajja, and the development has been communicated to the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Board.

As a result, he stated that gaming and betting houses that display EPL logos, club names, and their logos must also cease doing so before being accredited by them.

The English Premier League remains a popular league in Uganda, where youth make up more than 70% of the population.

Local radio stations are partly to thank for the English league’s popularity, as many of them provide live commentary of the league games to locals.

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