The legal battle between Total Promotions Limited (TPL) and the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) over the broadcast right of the league may not be over soon. This follows a fresh move by TPL to challenge the IMC decision to revoke the broadcast rights from it and award it to a new broadcast partner, StarTimes.
The NPFL had originally awarded the broadcast rights to TPL in 2018, but the IMC revoked it in October 2019 and gave it to StarTimes. This led to a legal battle between TPL and the IMC, which is still ongoing.
Now, TPL has made a fresh move to reclaim the broadcast rights, filing a lawsuit in a Federal High Court in Lagos. In its suit, TPL is challenging the IMC’s decision to revoke the rights and award them to StarTimes. It is also asking the court to declare that it is the rightful holder of the broadcast rights.
The case is expected to be heard in court soon, and it remains to be seen how it will be resolved. It is likely to be a long and drawn-out legal battle, and the outcome may have a significant impact on the future of the NPFL.
At stake is not only the broadcast rights of the NPFL, but also the future of the league itself. If the IMC’s decision is upheld, it could lead to a further erosion of the league’s credibility and financial stability. On the other hand, if TPL is successful in reclaiming the broadcast rights, it could provide a much-needed boost to the league and its reputation.
Whatever the outcome of the legal battle, one thing is certain: it is a pivotal moment in the history of the NPFL, and it will have far-reaching implications for the future of Nigerian football.