Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)-organised Super League is set to start on Saturday, January 12, but could do so without a sponsor.
Rudolph Speid, KSAFA president, told The Gleaner that at this stage no sponsor has been confirmed for the Super League.
"We're in negotiations (with potential sponsors) but a deal is not brokered as yet," he said.
Speid, however, said the show must go on and will begin with or without a sponsor.
"It is a competition we must have because it's a qualifier for the National Premier League. With or without a sponsor the league will start," he said.
This situation came about a year ago because the four-year sponsorship deal between KSAFA and former telecommunications company, Claro Jamaica ended prematurely. KSAFA made the decision because telecommunications giant Digicel had taken control of Claro.
In 2008, KSAFA signed a four-year sponsorship deal with Claro, as part of the association's development programme. The deal was set to expire last July.
Almost a year ago, a release from KSAFA said based on the acquisition of the company, both parties agreed to use the separation clause of the contract to end their partnership. The contract had covered KSAFA competitions such as the Champions League, Super League, Major League, as well as the Under-13, -15, -17 and -20 leagues.
Speid also disclosed that the 2013-14 Super League season will feature night games scheduled at the Constant Spring Complex, starting at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The KSAFA president said there will be entertainment in the time slot between the two games.
"We are trying to get a sponsor for that. We'll have to find a way to make up the budget," he said.
On January 12, the Super League will begin with 12 teams. The competing teams will be Allman/Woodford, August Town, Mountain View, Santos, Rae Town, Police National, University of the West Indies, Olympic Gardens, Rockfort, Greenwich Town, Barbican and Shortwood.
Last year's champions Cavalier were promoted to the Red Stripe Premier League and are currently holding their own in that league.