Confusion surrounds Top 8 final broadcast

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*Btv, Supersport showdown looms
*Supersport offers Btv free feed
*Btv claim they are the rights holders

Botswana Television (Btv) and Supersport are headed for a collision course after the South African broadcaster offered free Mascom Top 8 final feed to the local channel, which however, contends it holds the broadcasting rights.Supersport, which signed a two-year deal with the Botswana Football Association (BFA) a fortnight ago, has offered free feed to Btv for Saturday's final featuring Gaborone United and BDF XI. But Btv says there is no such need (to offer free feed) as the state broadcaster holds the Top 8 broadcasting rights.

In actual fact, Btv says it has not received any offer from Supersport regarding the feed. Btv head of sports, Edson Malebane said they are the Top 8 rights holders and are preparing to air the final on their own.He said: "That's news to me (that Btv has been offered free feed). We are actually preparing to air the game as we have rights up to the final."In a move seen as softening the public broadcaster authorities' stance, Supersport extended an olive branch to Btv through a free feed for Saturday's final, which might however, be spurned. "I am actually surprised to hear this (about Supersport)," Malebane told Mmegi Sport.

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