PSL threatens National First Division extinction- 1 Aug 2012 00:00:00
The Premier Soccer League has allegedly threatened to scrap the National First Division after it demanded a larger share of television and sponsorship revenue ahead of the new season, according to media reports.
The 16 NFD clubs boycotted the most recent PSL meeting, but has reportedly left PSL unimpressed and appear unwilling to offer the second division teams anything more than the R200,000 monthly grant they each already receive.
The situation could even become worse for the second tier teams, with the Sowetan reporting that the NFD could be told to find its own financial support to maintain the running of the division.
A senior PSL official, quoted in the Sowetan, said: ‘It's a tough call because from a sporting perspective it is good to have a second tier to our league.’
‘But on the other hand, what do the NFD clubs bring us? There are no sponsors queuing up and TV is not interested.’
‘They bring nothing to the table but they want to share the cake. It's unrealistic.’