The Cricketing legends and good friends in and out the field, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar are set to go against each other in league of Football. They are likely to bid for the Indian Super League (ISL).
Sourav Ganguly is interested on getting the Kolkata franchise, his home and most Footie fevered city in India along with Harsh Neotia, the chairman of the Ambuja Neotia Group, who confirmed his company, has picked up the bid documents and a partnership along with the former India cricket Team Captain is in the process.
Recently retired Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar is expected to partner along with PVP Ventures the Hyderabad based group. A PVP Ventures spokesperson confirmed that they have bought the bid documents but didn’t confirm over the partnership with Tendulkar. They wil be bidding for the Hyderabad Franchise.
This League is organized by IMG-Reliance group and they are partnered with Star India who also taken the broadcasting rights for 10 years.
The base price for buying each franchise is Rs. 120 crore on a 10-year contract with nearly 30 bids has been applied. The deadline for bidding will be 27th March and the winners will be announced in the second week of April.
A spokesperson for PVP Ventures confirmed the company has bought bid documents but declined comment on any partnership with Tendulkar. The master blaster did not respond to a text message. Harsh Neotia, the chairman of the Ambuja Neotia Group, confirmed that his company has picked up the bid documents and said a partnership with Ganguly is in the works.
This football league can also attracted by the celebrity bidders including Bollywood stars like Ranbir Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham and Shah Rukh Khan, through his company Red Chillies. Some of the Indian Premier League Team owners showed some interest in ISL. Emerging Media, the owners of Rajasthan Royals, GMR, the owner of Delhi Daredevils, UB Group, owner of Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sun Group, the owner of SunRisers Hyderabad.
Bids have been invited for nine cities Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune respectively. The top eight teams will be selected for the tournament. IMG-Reliance, which is at present managing the bidding process, is the joint venture between India’s largest private sector company and IMG Worldwide, which manages events and brands in many parts of the world.
Soccer is India’s lesser followed sport, with the inclusion of big names of celebrities along with this ideal Cricketing legends it is all set to receive a huge profit to the tournament.