2022 World Cup free of charge on Thai TV fiasco rages on

Will footie followers or won’t footie followers get to see the 2022 World Cup for free? That is the query whereas the fiasco rages on.
The clock is ticking on whether or not soccer fans in Thailand will be able to watch the World Cup free of charge. Last week the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), blamed the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for the fiasco however right now the SAT laid the blame at FIFA’s door.
On Wednesday the NBTC accredited a 600 million baht budget to purchase broadcasting rights so Thais could watch the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at no cost. The catch? Broadcasting rights cost 1.6 billion baht leaving Thailand one billion baht ($US27.2 million) short.
Readers will be scratching their heads as to why a budget was accredited that’s 1 billion baht in want of the asking worth. Only in Thailand, eh?
And, with only nine days to go to kick off, the SAT says it can’t afford it and pointed the finger at FIFA saying “it is too expensive!”
Psycho mentioned he is nonetheless trying to barter a cheaper price with FIFA.
Kongsak made identified the governing physique is still trying to explore methods to find extra funds to purchase the broadcasting rights.
“We final night time contacted each FIFA and its agent and told them frankly that the NBTC had agreed to give us only this amount of money. So, we requested them to decrease the price extra.”
Kongsak added the SAT can be in talks with potential private companions to collectively fund the acquisition of the rights.
Kongsak statement comes only one week after Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said that no sponsorship from the personal sector was wanted for Thailand to make the finances. He also said Thai news had overstated the license charge and it was lower than one billion baht.
Just days earlier than that Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan “confirmed” that Thais would have the ability to watch the World Cup 2022 for free.
Football followers in Thailand only got to observe the Euros in 2020 as a outcome of Thai business tycoon Komol Jungrungraengkit stepped in at the final minute and paid 300 million baht (around US$10 million) to purchase the media rights.
It seems as if the Thai authorities are looking for a similar knight in shining armour to swoop to the rescue.
It is truthful to say the entire process is a multitude. Will the Thai individuals get to look at the 2022 World Cup for free? Time will tell..

Leave a Comment