MSL attracts 3.4 Million South African live audience in the first weekend

The inaugural edition of the MSL has been quite a success already.

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The Mzansi Super League (MSL) announced itself in emphatic fashion when it attracted a live TV audience in excess of 3.4-million viewers from the four T20 matches played over the opening weekend.

The Sports Audience Analysis carried out independently by Nielsen Sport revealed that a unique audience of 3,418,594 viewed the four matches. The top figure of 1,665,546 unique viewers was recorded for the Saturday night fixture between the Jozi Stars and Nelson Mandela Bay Giants with all 4 matches going beyond the 1.3-million mark.


“This fully justifies our decision to take the SABC on board as our domestic host broadcast partner,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe. “This is truly a product for the people and has helped us achieve one of our key objectives not just to attract traditional cricket fans but to open up a new market as well.

“It is a win-win situation for all our stakeholders whether they be administrators, players, coaches, fans or our commercial partners. The MSL can only go from strength to strength as it will continue to grow while establishing itself alongside various T20 leagues around the world,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

Blitz at the top

As far as the points table is concerned, Cape Town Blitz are topping the points table at the moment with 17 points. They have attained a couple of bonus points so far and are five points clear of the second placed Nelson Mandela Bay Giants. Tshwane Spartans led by AB de Villiers are at the bottom of the points table with only a solitary win after playing four matches.

Despite having the players brimming with talent, they have surprisingly gone down in three matches with the latest loss coming via the DLS method when they had only batted for 5.3 overs chasing 144 against the Giants.

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