The Indian sports broadcast landscape could look like a mirror image of itself from last year, if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave the rights of the matches to Sony Pictures Network India (SPN).
Last year around this time, Star India had the rights to events from three major boards, BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and England Cricket Board (ECB), along with those from the International Cricket Council (ICC). SPN on the other hand had the Vivo Indian Premier League at the centre of its cricket portfolio along with international boards, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and West Indies.
At present, Star India has the ICC event’s rights and the IPL under its belt among major cricket media rights, while SPN has over the past year acquired the rights to CA, ECB and the South Africa Cricket Board. In February, Star India also won the rights for audio-visual production services for IPL and BCCI domestic cricket for the 2018-19 season. The BCCI, earlier this year, called for bids for media rights for the 2018-2023 period. Interested bidders could pick up tender documents for Rs 680,000 ($10,000).
- International Cricket Council (ICC)
- VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL)
- New Zealand Cricket Board
- Bangladesh Cricket Board
- Asian Cricket Council (ACC)
- Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL)
- Karnataka Premier League (KPL)
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