In from Nifemi Daniel
Fresh crises is brewing in the Nigeria Premier League as the broadcast right owner, Total Promotions Limited has secured a motion ex-parte from a Lagos High Court to stop South African satellite television outfit, Supersport from further broadcasting of Nigeria Premier League matches.
In a four-paragraph ruling delivered by Justice W Animahun of High Court No. 50, TPL was granted the leeway to serve Supersport an originating process at their registered corporate office at 137, Bram Fischer Drive, Ferndale, Randburg,2194 Guateng, South Africa via pre-paid courier delivery by DHL International Courier Service or any other similar courier service capable of reaching the Defendant.
TPL had dragged Supersport to court over breach of contract agreement between both companies over broadcasting of the Nigerian league in Suit No.LD/747GCMW/15. While granting the prayers of the claimant, Justice Animahun gave an order of interim injunction restraining Supersport “whether by itself, its servants, agents, assigns, collaborators and or privies from attempting to appoint, review or abrogate the existing right to broadcast or/and telecast the Nigeria Premier League vested in the Claimant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on Notice herein and/or pending arbitral proceedings.”
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The court also gave an order of interim injunction restraining the Defendant (Supersport) whether by itself, its servants, agents, assigns, collaborators and/or privies from telecasting or broadcasting the Nigeria Premier League matches on any DSTV and GOTV channels or any other channels or broadcasting outfit under the control of or affiliated to the Defendant pending the hearing and determination of the motion on Notice herein and/or pending arbitral proceedings.
The case has been adjourned to July 22 for hearing while the UK leg of the legal battle before Arbitration will soon commence.
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