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Sony Bullish on Securing Indian Cricket Broadcast Rights, Aims ‘Monopoly’

Sony Bullish on Securing Indian Cricket Broadcast Rights, Aims 'Monopoly'

File picture of Virat Kohli being introduced the Test mace by Sunil Gavaskar. (Image credit score: BCCI)

Mumbai: Adding the rights to broadcast cricket in England and Australia throughout the subcontinent gave Sony Pictures Networks a dominant place within the sport however successful the rights to India would give it a monopoly, a senior firm government has instructed Reuters.India’s big market is a serious draw for sponsors and advertisers, who typically plan product launches round main cricket occasions and e-book promoting slots prematurely, which in flip results in a race between broadcasters to safe content material.

Star India paid $757.6 million for the rights to broadcast India’s residence matches for the interval July 2012 to March 2018. Those rights can be up for grabs on March 27 and will see one other spherical of frenzied bidding from the 2 main gamers within the Indian market.

SPN, owned by Sony Corp, misplaced out to Star India for the Indian Premier League rights final 12 months however have since gained the license to broadcast Australian and English cricket within the subcontinent, taking their tally to seven check enjoying nations.

“The whole idea was to strengthen our overall leadership position,” Rajesh Kaul, the president of SPN’s Sports and Distribution Business, instructed Reuters in an interview.

“ECB was a vital and integral a part of the technique. While Australian cricket occurs throughout the winter right here, cricket in England is throughout the summer season.

“There is a really encouraging pattern of different sports activities additionally getting traction on this a part of the world however cricket continues to be the most important. And to have that dominant management place in cricket was very, very important for us.”

Last 12 months Star India bid a staggering 163.48 billion Indian rupees ($2.52 billion) to bag the worldwide tv and digital rights of the IPL for 5 years.

SPN, who had owned the rights for a decade, was the one different bidder for the tv rights with 110.5 billion rupees however misplaced out to Star’s multi-platform supply.


SPN already had 5 boards below their umbrella after they paid $385 million in 2016 to accumulate TEN Sports, which owns the printed rights of cricket boards in South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

By wrapping up offers for the Australia and England boards, the community, which additionally holds rights for this 12 months’s soccer World Cup in Russia, can have over 1,000 days of reside worldwide cricket over the subsequent 5 years.

While the well being and drawing energy of check cricket has come below scrutiny repeatedly, Kaul mentioned matches between the highest sides on the earth was at all times an enormous draw.

He cited the instance of the three-test collection between South Africa and India in January, which drew double the TV rankings of India’s residence collection in opposition to Sri Lanka final 12 months.

“We at the moment are a one-stop vacation spot in relation to all of the bilateral worldwide cricket collection,” Kaul mentioned.

He added that whereas the India rights weren’t a “must-have”, acquiring them would take their position to a “fully totally different degree”.

“As far as our cricket technique is anxious by and enormous we’re very a lot there,” he said. “We are already the leaders in relation to cricket and if we get the BCCI it is going to simply give us the monopoly.”

First Published: March 14, 2018, four:54 PM IST

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