The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, said Nigeria’s Professional Football League Television is expected to make at least 18 billion naira a year.
He said his administration is working on building a league to make it an integral part of Nigeria’s economy.
According to him, thousands of fans in the United Kingdom have signed up to watch the league on their electronic gadgets.
The NFF Chief, who spoke on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme, urged Nigerians to support the local league.
He said, “The NPFL TV is here to stay, and we’re very excited about it. We’re projecting about N18 billion that we’re going to make every year. It’s free-to-air at the moment, but we’re looking at the N1,500 subscription fee. With this, you can sit in the comfort of your home and watch the NPFL games.
“It is going to have a huge impact on the economy because we are looking at an economy beyond oil, beyond other areas.
“Why can’t we do what they do abroad? We appeal to Nigerians to give us the support. Our traducers, come and join us. Let us build this together.”
Pinnick added, “Only yesterday (Wednesday), 36,000 people in UK subscribed to watching the league on their tabs.”
“People should understand that we want to minimise mistakes and that is why it took this long for the league to start. We are growing the league to make it an integral part of our economy and we will make it better.”
It was reported earlier that NPFL stars said the return of televised games would help reduce league failures and create better opportunities for players to travel abroad for greener pastures.
The 2020/21 season of the NPFL started on Sunday after a nine-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The League Management Company aired three match-day games on television and a video viewing application that has received rave reviews from football fans around the world since it was launched.
Live matches were Monday’s local derby between Akwa United and Dakkada FC at the Nest of Champions, Uyo, Enyimba’s 1-0 win over local rivals, Abia Warriors at Enyimba Stadium, Aba on Tuesday and Wednesday’s game between Rivers United and Enugu Rangers at Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.