Ghana FA launches TV rights tender after StarTimes deal cut short
The Ghana Football Association, the governing body for soccer in the west African country, has launched tender processes, with quick turnaround times, for television and radio rights to its domestic competitions, including the top-tier Ghana Premier League.
The invitation to tenders cover the GPL, the second-tier Division One League, the Women's Premier League, the FA Cup and the Women's FA Cup.
The GFA said interested parties can bid for all five competitions "or any combination of the assets."
The deadline for the TV rights and radio rights bids is 5pm local time on 10 December.
The 2019-20 GPL gets under way on 27 December.
The launch of the ITTs comes amid reports in Ghana that the GFA's 10-year rights agreement signed with StarTimes, the pay-television broadcaster that operates in sub-Saharan Africa, in November 2016, has been torn up.
StarTimes' deal began with the 2016-17 season, but under the terms of the contract the broadcaster had committed to help the GFA develop soccer infrastructure in the country by providing 10 artificial pitches and a fully equipped outside broadcast van to the GFA.
Prior to StarTimes coming on board, the GFA's rights were held by rival Supersport in a three-year deal worth a reported $2.1 million in total.