Potential NPFL sponsors warned of law suit

By Daily Sports on February 17, 2016

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It seems that the new Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season will commence without title sponsors after all, as Total Promotions Limited has initiated moves to stop the League Management Company from going ahead with potential sponsors.

In an advertisement issued by the company’s lawyers on Tuesday, TPL said it would join any company that intends to take up the NPFL title rights in a 2014 law suit that is currently before the High Court of Lagos State.

Total Promotions Limited won the rights to the title sponsorship of the NPFL in 2010 beating Globacom in a bid. But the resulting law suit meant the Nigeria Premier League went without a title sponsor until 2013 when the LMC was inaugurated.

The LMC then brought both TPL and GLO to sign a memorandum of understanding where it was agreed that the telecommunications company would pay 100 million Naira to TPL for it to cede the title rights.

“There was a memorandum of understanding that was signed 19th March 2013 and the agreement was that 100 million Naira would be paid to our client to transfer the title sponsorship right to Globacom. The meeting was brokered by the former sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi,” Adebisi Oridate, a lawyer at Babatunde Ogala & Co, counsels to TPL, told Goal.

“Immediately that was done, GLO went ahead and started presenting itself as the official title sponsors and refused to pay what was due to our client. That was what prompted our client to go to court.

“It came as a surprise to us that GLO said it is no longer interested in sponsoring the league but the LMC still wants to go ahead and transfer that right again to other companies.

“If any company comes in now, we’re going to join the company as a defendant in the suit. [TPL] are the official title sponsorship holders,” Oridate said.

There were reports last week that Zenith Bank and the Nigerian Breweries were in talks with the LMC about taking up sponsorship of the NPFL.

•Text courtesy of Goal.com. Photo shows LMC chiefs.

Source Daily Sports

Posted February 17, 2016

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