SA Rugby has issued a statement by its acting manager director of rugby, Andy Marinos, in response to reports that the organisation has suffered financially as a result of Sanzar’s Dublin Agreement.
“Contrary to some ill-informed reports, the manner in which SA Rugby’s broadcast rights have now been parcelled and sold has resulted in the organisation being in the best position it has ever been financially, in respect of its TV rights.
“South African Rugby was in favour of and agreed to the distribution in three equal parts of the revenues from any future sale of rights to the Sanzar properties of Super Rugby and Tri-Nations, as part of the Dublin Agreement.
Previous Sanzar rights agreements included other domestic South African rugby competitions such as the Currie Cup and Vodacom Cup as well as our June Tests and the former distribution model reflected that.
“The rights to those properties have already been sold by SA Rugby to SuperSport, however, for R700m (a 100 percent increase in value) for the period 2011 to 2015 – neither with the payment of any agent’s commissions nor to be shared with any other national union, as was the case previously, it is worth noting.
“The removal of those properties from the basket of Sanzar properties rendered it inequitable for SA Rugby to continue to receive the largest proportion of the rights fees flowing from Super and Tri-Nations rugby alone.
“The value of the future rights to Sanzar’s properties has still to be negotiated, but rugby supporters can be assured that the nett effect is that South African rugby is, and will be, considerably better off.
“The reports of a R150m loss are simply false; the new deal has doubled the value of our domestic rugby and we are in a healthier state, before any final discussion and agreement around the Super Rugby and Tri-Nations components.
“Finally, nothing has changed on the issue of the Southern Kings’ eventual inclusion in Super Rugby. That objective remains a critical goal for South African Rugby and is on the agenda for a President’s Council Bosberaad this week.
“It was previously agreed that the new team would play in the Australian conference and that that team would be selected through a tender process. We are now awaiting the issue of those tender criteria by Sanzar.
“The decision confirmed by Sanzar in Dublin in this, was always envisaged by SA Rugby and constitutes the first hurdle being successfully negotiated en route to the Southern Kings being incorporated into Super Rugby.”