Globacom will now sponsor the NPL.
The crisis over the sponsorship of the Nigeria Premier League has been resolved, according to a statement by the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi.
The statement by Mr. Abdullahi’s aide, Julius Ogunro, said the title ownership issue was resolved on Thursday at an extensive meeting the Minister had with parties involved in the crisis in Abuja. At the meeting were representatives of the League Management Committee (LMC), Total Promotions and Globacom Nigeria Limited.
Total Promotions, representing MTN, had been having a running battle with Globacom for the league sponsorship, causing the Premier League to have no sponsor for the past two seasons.
It was agreed that Globacom would be the Title Sponsor of the League for three seasons, and would also pay an undisclosed fee to Total Promotions as compensation for giving out the right, Mr. Ogunro said.
The Nigeria Premier League had been plagued by several crises in the last two seasons mainly due to the controversies over Title and Broadcast rights. This had impacted negatively on funding for the league.
Earlier this week the newly inaugurated League Management Committee, LMC, reached out to the Minister to help resolve the crisis over title right. This had become imperative as the LMC needed funds to kick-start the 2013 league.
Mr. Abdullahi invited all the parties to his office in Abuja and after several meetings and give-and-take,” the matter was amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all the parties,” Mr. Ogunro said.
However, efforts to resolve the broadcast rights issue are on-going.