IPL 2018: Uncertainty looms large over broadcasting of matches
The edition 11 of Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin on April 7, this year. Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium. With just two days left for IPL to start, there are still a lot of doubts over the broadcasting of the T20 professional domestic league.
According to Mumbai Mirror, BCCI and official broadcasters Star India, still could not get the permission from central government to uplink matches. But the broadcasters Star India might not even get to trial before going live on IPL this year.
Both BCCI and Star India are in a state of panic. The board has written a letter to Information and Broadcasting Minister, Smriti Irani on Wednesday about the delay. They requested her intervention to grant the permission.
Acting Secretary of BCCI, Amitabh Choudhary wrote a letter, which read:
“We’re given to understand that the permission has not been granted yet.”
“Given that we’re close to the event, we request your kind intervention in ensuring that the permission is granted urgently to ensure that our Indian audiences are able to view and enjoy the event and to prevent significant commercial losses to the parties involved.”
The letter further adds: “The Event is scheduled to commence on April 17, 2018 and we understand Star India Private Limited has made a compliant application to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for permission for temporary live uplinking of the Event from 06 April, 2018.”
Star India bought rights for a record price
Last year, Star India acquired the broadcasting rights of both TV and digital for a record price. They coughed out INR 16,325 crore to acquire rights for the next five years.
The BCCI are currently in the process of selling India match rights for the next five-year cycle. Reliance Jio, Star India, and Sony Pictures Network are all interested in acquiring the rights once again.
The price for the rights hit the US $926 million on Wednesday and might even go beyond on Thursday. This deal could make it more lucrative than the IPL deal and will land more money to BCCI.
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