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PCB to challenge IPL’s proposed extended window at ICC AGM in July

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who are feeling “short-changed” by the Indian Premier League (IPL) potentially getting a two-and-a-half-month window in the next ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP), will raise the issue and challenge the development at the upcoming ICC AGM, scheduled to be held in July.

The IPL is now ten-team tournament after two new teams — Lucknow Super Giants and winners Gujarat Titans — were added in the 2022 edition and as a result, the number of matches also got increased from 60 to 74. The increase in matches also led to an extension of the duration of the league from 50-odd days to over two months.

In the bid document for the IPL’s recent media-rights auction, the BCCI had also said the number of matches in the IPL could go up to 84 in 2025 and 2026, and up to 94 in 2027.

But, PCB’s comments came after BCCI secretary Jay Shah’s recent remark that the Indian board will be getting an extended window for the IPL in the ICC’s next FTP cycle, which will make sure “all the top international cricketers can participate”.

However, there has been no announcement from the ICC about the window and the FTP for the next eight-year cycle has not yet been finalised.

Notably, the Indian Premier League (IPL) doesn’t allow Pakistan players to take part except in the first season of the league in 2008 due to poor political relations between the two countries. As a result, the IPL window arguably impacts Pakistan’s international season more than other members.

“There hasn’t been any announcement on increasing the IPL window. I have views on it which we’ll raise at the ICC platform in the July meeting,” said Ramiz Raja, the PCB chairman, during a press conference on Friday.

Ramiz also said that his quadrangular T20 Super Series idea — which was passed on by the ICC board meeting in April — was not dead yet.

“My four-nations concept is not yet dead. The media seems to have got the impression that it has been shelved. That’s not true. They were bundling rights for World Cup events, so they said if they announced another property, then all investors would start chasing this,” he said.

“This would become a new challenge, so they thought it better not to introduce it yet. But this will be the only cricket board that will challenge any platform where it believes Pakistan is being short-changed. When we get this development [of the IPL window expanding] formally, we will put across our views in a robust manner,” he added.

The PCB chief has been in touch with the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly about cricketing ties but acknowledged that the situation was beyond them.

“I’ve spoken on the sidelines to Sourav Ganguly, and I told him now three former cricketers including Martin Snedden are on the ICC board. I said if even we can’t bring about change, then what’s the point? He invited me to the IPL twice, once in Dubai and once this time. I was torn over it. I thought if I went, the fans wouldn’t forgive me, even though it perhaps made cricketing sense to go,” he said.

“But there are issues right now which will take time to resolve because this is a political game. If it was a cricketing issue, we’d sort it out in two minutes. But we did get the Champions Trophy 2025, so we did break the influence to some extent. And people realised Pakistan’s team and fans deserve such a world-class event,” he concluded.

Viacom18 vows to make IPL available to every Indian

In the just concluded e-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the 2023-27 cycle, Viacom18 acquired the rights to digitally stream the lucrative league and now the company has said that it will take the cash-rich league to every nook and corner of the country.

Apart from bagging the digital media rights of the IPL’s 2023-27 cycle for the Indian subcontinent, Viacom18 also won the India digital rights for a special package of 18 games in every season.

Issuing a statement, the compnay promised that it will take the league to every nook and corner of the country.

“With its wide reach, strategic tie-ups and increasingly popular content bouquet, the digital platforms of Viacom18 are gearing up for leadership in India as well as with the Indian diaspora globally,” Viacom18 said in a statement on Wednesday.

“With these IPL rights, Viacom18 will be able to take India’s biggest sporting event to every nook and corner of the country. It will make IPL available to every Indian in every part of India, including the 60 million FreeDish homes which today are not able to access this popular content,” it added.

The Reliance-backed company also informed that it is building the digital platforms of the future while continuing to strengthen traditional television broadcasting.

“Sports entertain us, inspire us and bring us together. Cricket and IPL personify the best of sport and the best of India, which is why we are proud to be deepening our association with this great game and this wonderful league. Just like with everything we do, our mission is to take the joyful experience of IPL to cricket fans wherever they are – in every part of our country and around the world,” said Nita Ambani, Director, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Viacom18 had earlier also acquired a slew of sporting rights in soccer (FIFA World Cup, La Liga, Serie A and Ligue1), badminton, tennis, and basketball (NBA).

Notably, in the just concluded e-auction of the IPL media rights cycle for the 2023-27 cycle, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) managed to rake in more than 48 thousand crore rupees, which is almost three times the amount it had received in the previous cycle.

Notably, STAR INDIA has won the India TV rights while Reliance-backed Viacom18 acquired the digital rights for the 2023-27 cycle of the league.

The IPL is now the second- most valued sporting league in the world in terms of per match value. STAR INDIA won India TV rights with their bid of Rs 23,575 crore, while Viacom18 bagged digital rights with its winning bid of Rs 23,758 crore.

Bayern Munich confirm signing of Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax

Bundesliga club Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Netherlands midfielder Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax, the club said in a statement.

The Netherlands midfielder Gravenberch had a contract at Ajax until mid-2023. According to Ajax, the transfer fee is 18.5 million euros (19.4 million U.S. dollars), which could run up to 24 million euros including bonuses.

The 24-year-old right back moved to Bayern Munich on a free transfer and signed a contract until 2026 with the German record champions. Last month, Bayern also signed Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax, reports Xinhua.

A product of the Ajax youth academy, Gravenberch made his debut in the first team on September 23, 2018 against PSV. He played 103 official matches for Ajax in which he scored 12 goals.

Gravenberch captured the Dutch championship three times with Ajax, in 2019, 2021 and 2022, and the Dutch Cup in 2019 and 2021. He already collected 10 caps for the Netherlands and scored one goal for his country.

“When the offer came from FC Bayern, I didn’t have to think about it for long,” Gravenberch told on his new club’s website.

“FC Bayern are one of the biggest clubs around; players from all over the world want to play for this club. I’m coming to Munich to win lots of titles.”

Pleased to extend our association with IPL: Walt Disney

After Disney Star secured the exclusive television rights package for the 2023-2027 Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket seasons, the company said that it was pleased to extend its association with the lucrative league.

Issuing a statement, the company said: “We are pleased to extend our association with the Indian Premier League and look forward to offering the next five seasons across our portfolio of television channels. We made disciplined bids with a focus on long-term value. We chose not to proceed with the digital rights given the price required to secure that package. IPL is an important component of our portfolio of television channels in India, providing an incredible opportunity for us to showcase The Walt Disney Company’s powerful global brands and iconic storytelling, as well as Disney Star’s impressive collection of local original content, to millions of viewers in India.”

“We will be exploring other multiplatform cricket rights, including future rights for International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which we currently hold through the 2023 and 2024 seasons, respectively. Additionally, we hold Pro Kabaddi League rights, Indian Super League football rights, as well as various international sports rights, including the Wimbledon Championships and the English Premier League,” it added.

The company further said: “At the same time, we are focused on growing our robust slate of original entertainment content for Disney+ Hotstar and our television channels in the region. Our vast portfolio of more than 70 television channels in India cuts across general entertainment, films, sports, infotainment, kids, and lifestyle content, reaching 90% of pay cable and satellite TV homes in the region.”

Notably, STAR INDIA won India TV rights of the IPL with their bid of Rs 23,575 crore, while Viacom18 bagged digital rights with its winning bid of Rs 23,758 crore.

IPL Media Rights Auction: Star India wins TV rights, Digital rights bagged by Viacom18

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah on Tuesday announced that STAR INDIA has won the India TV rights while Reliance-backed Viacom18 acquired the digital rights for the 2023-27 cycle of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In a series of tweets, the BCCI secretary also mentioned that the IPL is now the second- most valued sporting league in the world in terms of per match value and added that STAR INDIA won India TV rights with their bid of Rs 23,575 crore, while Viacom18 bagged digital rights with its winning bid of Rs 23,758 crore.

“Since its inception, the IPL has been synonymous with growth & today is a red-letter day for India Cricket, with Brand IPL touching a new high with e-auction resulting in INR 48,390 cr value. IPL is now the 2nd most valued sporting league in the world in terms of per match value!,” Shah tweeted.

“Iam thrilled to announce that STAR INDIA wins India TV rights with their bid of Rs 23,575 crores. The bid is a direct testimony to the BCCI’s organizational capabilities despite two pandemic years,” he added.

He said that the Indian board will utilise the money generated from IPL media auction to strengthen the domestic cricket structure of country, to boost infrastructure and spruce up facilities across India and “enrich the overall cricket-watching experience”.

“Now, it’s time for our state associations, IPL Franchises to work together with the IPL to enhance the fan experience and ensure that our biggest stakeholder – ‘the cricket fan’ is well looked after and enjoys high quality cricket in world-class facilities,” added Shah.

Notably, Star India-Disney had acquired the IPL media rights for 2018-22 cycle, with a winning bid of Rs 16,347.50 crore for both TV and digital in September 2017.

Before that, Sony Pictures Network had the TV media rights for a period of 10 years since the inception of the tournament with a bid of Rs 8200 crore.

Two different broadcasters for Indian subcontinent, total per match value at Rs 107.5 crore in IPL Media Rights Auction: Report

In the ongoing e-auction of the media rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023-27 cycle, two different broadcasters have reportedly bagged the TV (package A) and digital rights (package B) for the Indian subcontinent.

With an increase in the total number of matches per season after the addition of two new teams in the lucrative league, the total value per match for every IPL game now stands at Rs 107.5 crore.

According to a report by Cricbuzz, the yet-to-be identified company, which has bagged the TV rights for Rs 57.5 crore per game, had challenged the company bidding RS 48 crore per game for digital rights.

“But looks like the bids for digital have ended at RS 50 Crore per game and it is understood to have been bagged by Jio (Viacom18),” the Cricbuss report stated.

It further said that while Jio (Viacom 18) or HotStar (Disney-Star) could have picked the Indian subcontinent digital rights, it has been indicated that Sony have bagged the Indian subcontinent TV rights. The combined value for Package A (TV Rights) and Package B (Digital) is RS 44,075 crore.

“The final count for TV is Rs 23,575 crore while the digital has ended at Rs 20,500 crore. The digital rights, which closed at Rs 48 crore per game in the first round, ended at the half century mark with the rights seemingly going to the original winner of the digital rights. The challenger, it seems, backed out after a couple bids of Rs 50 lakh each,” added the report.

Before the e-auction, industry pundits had predicted that the rights for the next cycle is likley to fetch the BCCI over Rs 50,000 crore.

However, unlike the previous times, there are four categories for the rights this time, which are namely: TV Rights for Indian Sub-continent, Digital Rights, 18 games (inaugural game, weekend double headers, 4 play-off games) and Rest of the World.

Earlier, Star India, the current official broadcaster of the cash-rich league, had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle.

In February 2022, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly had said that he was expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

Earlier in October 2021, the Indian cricket board had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

IPL Media Rights (TV & digital) fetches combined price of Rs 44,075 crore: Reports

The auction for the televison and digital rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023-27 cycle have been reportedly sold for a cumulative price of Rs 44,075 crore.

As per reports, the Package A (TV rights) and Package B (digital rights) have gone to two different media companies. However, the identity of these two compaines is yet to be revealed.

The Package A, which consists of the TV broadcast rights for the Indian subcontinent having a base price of Rs 49 crore per game, has reportedly gone up to Rs 57.5 per game.

On the other hand, the Package B for the digital rights which was set at a base price of Rs 33 crore per game, has already marked a rise of 47.9 percent and now stands at Rs 49.81 crore per game. The reports suggested that at the end of the first day of the e-auction, TV broadcast rights were at Rs 23,575 crore while digital rights stood at Rs 20,500 crore for the 2023-27 cycle.

On the other hand, the bid for Package C (non exclusive 18 matches) and Package D (International rights) is currently underway.

The reports further suggested that Disney-Star, Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India and Viacom18 had set their sights on the TV rights for the Indian subcontinent for all games (package A) while for the digital rights for the Indian sub-continent (package B), Zee competed with Disney+ Hotstar and Jio.

Significantly, Jio is part of the Reliance-backed Viacom18 combine.

Before the e-auction, industry pundits had predicted that the rights for the next cycle is likley to fetch the BCCI over Rs 50,000 crore.

However, unlike the previous times, there are four categories for the rights this time, which are namely: TV Rights for Indian Sub-continent, Digital Rights, 18 games (inaugural game, weekend double headers, 4 play-off games) and Rest of the World.

Earlier, Star India, the current official broadcaster of the cash-rich league, had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle.

In February 2022, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly had said that he was expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

Earlier in October 2021, the Indian cricket board had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

IPL Media Rights (TV & Digital) For 2023-27 cycle sold for Rs 43,255 crore: Report

Almost after an hour of resumption of the bidding for the auction of the TV and digital rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023-27 cycle, the process concluded on Monday.

As per reports, the auction for the digital and TV rights (packages A and B), which witnessed a fierce fight on Sunday (June 13), took the combined value (of TV and digital) over the Rs 43,000-crore mark, which is over two-and-a-half times the previous rights value of Rs 16,347.5 crore, paid by Disney-Star in 2017.

Notably, the current combined value of the rights is Rs 10,000 crore more than the reserve price of nearly Rs 33,000 crore set by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) for the current media rights cycle for the year 2023-27.

Also, the per-match value of the IPL has touched $13.5 million (Rs 105 crore) after bidding came to an end on Sunday.

As per reports, Disney-Star, Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India and Viacom18 had set their sights on the TV rights for the Indian subcontinent for all games (package A) while for the digital rights for the Indian sub-continent (package B), Zee competed with Disney+ Hotstar and Jio.

Significantly, Jio is part of the Reliance-backed Viacom18 combine.

The reports further suggested that the TV rights are estimated to have touched Rs 57 crore per match at the end of the first day of the e-auction, which is Rs 49 crore more than what the Indian cricket board has set as the base price.

Meanwhile, the digital rights value was estimated at Rs 48 crore per match at the end of bidding on day one, which is 45 percent higher than the Rs 33 crore per match vale set by the BCCI before the e-auction.

Before the e-auction, industry pundits had predicted that the rights for the next cycle is likley to fetch the BCCI over Rs 50,000 crore.

However, unlike the previous times, there are four categories for the rights this time, which are namely: TV Rights for Indian Sub-continent, Digital Rights, 18 games (inaugural game, weekend double headers, 4 play-off games) and Rest of the World.

Earlier, Star India, the current official broadcaster of the cash-rich league, had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle.

In February 2022, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly had said that he was expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

Earlier in October 2021, the Indian cricket board had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

While RPSG Ventures Ltd. had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores, the Irelia Company Pvt Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) bagged the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores.

Notably, one of the main reason for the increase in the IPL media rights value would be the increase in the number of matches from the upcoming season.

Amazon set to pullout from IPL Media Rights’ race: Reports

In what could be a massive setback for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Amazon won’t be reportedly bidding for the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights for the 2023-27 cycle.

The reports suggested that the e-commerce group, which has deployed around $6.5 billion in its business in India beside operatin its Prime Video streaming service, has conveyed its decision to the Indian cricket board.

According to Bloomberg News, Amazon, which was interested in acquiring the IPL media rights, had initially been determined to score a victory. Earlier, the American retail titan had spent hundreds of millions of dollars on acuiring the European soccer rights. It has already signed a deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football in the US at $1 billion a season until 2033.

Apart from Amazon, Disney Star, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), Culver Max Entertainment Private Limited (Sony Pictures Networks India), Viacom18, Sky Sports (UK), Google India, FanCode (Dream11), MX Player, and SuperSport (South Africa) are the other players now left in the race for the media rights.

As per the industry pundits, the rights for the next cycle is likley to fetch the BCCI over Rs 50,000 crore.

However, unlike the previous times, there are four categories for the rights this time, which are namely: TV Rights for Indian Sub-continent, Digital Rights, 18 games (inaugural game, weekend double headers, 4 play-off games) and Rest of the World.

Significantly, as the base price is fixed at Rs 32,890 crore, the digital consumption and smart segregation of packages is expected to rise take the valuation above USD 7 billion.

The last date for buying the bid document is May 10 and the e-auction, if it happens, will take place after the ongoing edition of the TATA IPL.

Earlier, Star India, the current official broadcaster of the cash-rich league, had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle.

In February 2022, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief had said that he was expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

“12,000 Crore for sale of two franchises was phenomenal. Fingers crossed, we should get 40,000 crore plus from the IPL Media Rights. The tenders will be conducted soon by the BCCI”, Sourav Ganguly had expressed during a chat show ‘Backstage with Boria’ few months back.

Earlier in October, the BCCI had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

While RPSG Ventures Ltd. had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores, the Irelia Company Pvt Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) bagged the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores.

“50,000 Crore for the Indian cricket, BCCI can and will further take sport to the next level. Already IPL has benefitted Indian cricket big time & with these monies the sport can go to completely different level”, the BCCI chief added.

One of the main reason for the increase in the IPL media rights value would be increase in the number of matches from next season.

Heavyweights like Amazon India, Disney Star, ZEEL & Google India participate in IPL media rights’mock auctions

In a bid to appraise the tender buyers on how the system works, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has conducted the mock auctions for the Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights which will commence on June 12.

The mock auction, which concluded on June 6, saw participation from Amazon India, Disney Star, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), Culver Max Entertainment Private Limited (Sony Pictures Networks India), Viacom18, Sky Sports (UK), Google India, FanCode (Dream11), MX Player, and SuperSport (South Africa). The Indian board had earlier signed mJunction, a joint venture (JV) between Tata Steel and SAIL, for conducting the IPL media rights e-auction.

Notably, mJunction had earlier also conducted the BCCI media rights e-auction in 2018. As per reports, it has been training individual IPL tender document buyers on how the e-auction process works.

The final list of the bidders will be known by June 11.

The reports further suggested that the mock auction had been conducted on different dates for different companies.

As per the industry pundits, the rights for the next cycle is likley to fetch the BCCI over Rs 50,000 crore.

However, unlike the previous times, there are four categories for the rights this time, which are namely: TV Rights for Indian Sub-continent, Digital Rights, 18 games (inaugural game, weekend double headers, 4 play-off games) and Rest of the World.

Significantly, as the base price is fixed at Rs 32,890 crore, the digital consumption and smart segregation of packages is expected to rise take the valuation above USD 7 billion.

The last date for buying the bid document is May 10 and the e-auction, if it happens, will take place after the ongoing edition of the TATA IPL.

Earlier, Star India, the current official broadcaster of the cash-rich league, had paid a whopping Rs 16,347.5 crore for the 2018-2022 cycle.

In February 2022, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief had said that he was expecting a rise of more than double in value of IPL rights for the next 2023-27 cycle.

“12,000 Crore for sale of two franchises was phenomenal. Fingers crossed, we should get 40,000 crore plus from the IPL Media Rights. The tenders will be conducted soon by the BCCI”, Sourav Ganguly had expressed during a chat show ‘Backstage with Boria’ few months back.

Earlier in October, the BCCI had already fetched Rs 12,725 Crore from the sale of two new IPL franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

While RPSG Ventures Ltd. had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores, the Irelia Company Pvt Ltd. (CVC Capital Partners) bagged the Ahmedabad franchise for Rs 5625 crores.

“50,000 Crore for the Indian cricket, BCCI can and will further take sport to the next level. Already IPL has benefitted Indian cricket big time & with these monies the sport can go to completely different level”, the BCCI chief added.

One of the main reason for the increase in the IPL media rights value would be increase in the number of matches from next season.