ERT lacking funding for Super League 2
There is high uncertainty concerning the Super League 2, with state broadcasting company ERT stating that it doesn’t have enough funds to televise the matches.
In the 2019/2020 season, the Super League 2 will become the second tier behind the main Super League, with the Football League transforming into the third level of Greek football. However, with the campaign set to begin in late August, the format of the Super League 2 is yet to be confirmed and there is confusion in regards to the television contract.
Initially, it was planned that ERT was to become the broadcasting partner of the Super League 2, but the organisation has subsequently revealed that it doesn’t have enough funds to broadcast the championship. ERT made this clear when holding a meeting with Super League 2 representatives.
Super League 2 president, Leonidas Leoutsakos, had his say on the chaos: “We have to discuss this issue so that we can sort it out next week. In our meeting, we were told that ERT doesn’t have the funds for the championship. Now, we are searching for a solution, because this affects 32 teams across the leagues. Teams have made investments for this project but, at the moment, we don’t have anything. Right now, we don’t have any information, but we will search for a quick solution.”
The entire creation of the Super League 2 is now in jeopardy.
In response, PAS Giannina - who were relegated from the 2018/2019 Super League - released a statement, blaming the system for the terrible organisation and asking the question why they were relegated if there is no television contract in place. PAS finished in 14th position of the Super League.
Also, if reports from the Live Sport newspaper are to be believed, ERT might not have enough funds in the bank to continue their partnership with a number of Super League clubs. Panathinaikos are close to concluding a deal with Nova, but the same cannot be said for Aris, Atromitos, Lamia, Xanthi and Panetolikos.