SABC secures the rights to broadcast the FA Cup final

Date:30 July 2020 Author: Kyro Mitchell

In June 2020 the SABC signed a deal which saw the network gain the privilege of broadcasting the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and finals of the 2019/2020 FA Cup competition. Now, as the competition draws to an end the 2020 FA Cup Final will officially be streamed on a dedicated SABC live streaming portal.

The final is scheduled to take place on 1 August at 17:30 and will see Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team take on their London rivals Chelsea.

“As we build up to the final of one of the most prestigious, oldest, and hotly contested club cup tournaments in the world this Saturday evening, SABC Sport is demonstrating its unswerving commitment to reengineer itself into a sports broadcaster for the future with the roll-out of the SABC Sport livestreaming portal,” said SABC head of sport Gary Rathbo.

During the quarterfinal and semi-final stages of the competition SABC had seen a huge increase in audience numbers. The semi-final match between Arsenal and Manchester City saw audience numbers increase by a massive 142%, and the match between Manchester United and Chelsea saw an even bigger increase of 200% in audience numbers, according to reports from MyBroadband.

“The initiative showcases the importance that we place as a free to air broadcaster, in providing public value to everyone in the country,” added Rathbone.

To watch the match via SABC’s dedicated streaming portal, click here.

The match is also scheduled to show on SABC 3 for those with a less than ideal internet connection.


Image credit: Twitter/@EmiratesFACup


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