The BCCI has earned Rs 4,124 crore from media rights, Rs 2,909 crore from team sales and some smoke money of Rs 200 crore from DLF, the title sponsor, while the earnings from player sales have not been disclosed.
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Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Sony the main holder of all broadcasting and telecasting rights for the IPL for the next 10 years has roped in Vodafone to be a presenting sponsor for the DLF-IPL tournament.
The other sponsors on board the for IPL include Pepsi Co India, Hyundai and Nokia as associate sponsors.
Sony is looking for other presenting and associate sponsors and is in talks with several companies for the same.
IPL Mumbai franchise owner Reliance has said that with the right marketing large crowds will fill the stands in the IPL tournament. All said and done the IPL is a domestic tournament with 8 cities in India participating. So, when the long established Duleep and Ranji trophies hardly get a few hundred specators will more come for IPL?
The Reliance Retail Chief R. Balanchandran, said with all due respect when was the last time any thing done to promote these domestic tournaments. Not one bit. So, how can you expect crowds. But the IPL will be a compressed calendar cricket tournament featuring top talent from every part of the world and you can expect a whirlwind of promotion from all stake holders and the crowds will pack the stands particularly after the recent success of the Indian team in major tournaments - tri-series in Australia and under-19 world cup.
second round of auction for some players who were not offered in the first round is to take place on March 11. Some English players who have evinced a keen interest in the IPL are also likely to be offered in the auction. In the initial round no English cricket was on the auction block. This was because of an agreement between ECB and BCCI as the English cricket season coincides with the IPL and they did not want any conflict of interest between the two.
The auction will be open only those teams which have money left for buying players like the IPL Jaipur team that spent less than the minimum $3.5 million dollars.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Adam Gilchrist, one of the most loved and respected cricketers of the present era, hopes that playing in multi-cultural teams will help players to better understand each other and their overall relationships will improve.
Gilchrist feels that the present India-Australia series off-field power-play and other side issues have taken their toll on the cricketers and there is feeling that all is not well in the world of cricket.
IPL Hyderabad team will feature both Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds the man who can’t seem to keep out of controversy this season.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
IPL Mumbai team will have four new players. Reliance Group who are the owners of the IPL Mumbai team for the next 10 years have signed up Baroda wicket-keeper Pinal Shah. Other player who were signed up are Abhishek Nayar, Ajinkya Rahane from Mumbai and Maharashtra’s Yogesh Takawale.
These four will feature in the inagural edition of the IPL which will kick off on Apr 18 with a match between Bangalore and Kolkata at Bangalore.
Ali Bacher the man who brought South Africa back into the cricketing fold and successfully helped them participate in the 1992 World Cup and has been guiding South African cricket for a long time has this to say on the IPL. It is bigger than the Kerry Packer Revolution and its popularity and the kind of money being poured by the franchisees who are all hard-headed businessmen only proves how big it is going to be.
India is now the new power center of cricket. It’s good that cricketers are getting paid good sums of money.
Akash Chopra, the Delhi opening batsman is all set to play for the IPL Kolkata Team. The batsman who is in great form and has scored tons of runs in the domestic tournaments narrowly missed selection to the Indian squad as his captain Sehwag with international experience was chosen.
But Chopra is undeterred. He has just taken it in his stride and continued scoring runs in both forms of cricket and has been signed up by the Kolkata team. Akash is happy and is coach is sure that Chopra will surely shine in the shortest form of cricket.
Lalit Modi has said in a few years time the IPL players will earn amounts that will be greater than or same as what the English premier league players are presently earning. Due to the cap of 5 million dollars on the spending limit for the city teams the salaries did not sky rocket.
But in the next few years this limit will go and when free market economics take over the IPL players will earn sums that will match any football player in England. Cricket will no longer be the poor cousin.
When the issue of India dominating world circket was raised - Modi said for over a 100 years India has been at the receiving end of the world and now if the time has come for India to unleash her potential so be it. We are not shying away from our new status
‘ICL 20s Grand Championship’ will be the name of next edition of the ICL set to kick off in 7 days from now. The Tournament promises 30-days of non-stop pulsating cricket with major stars from around the world taking part. Some of the prize players playing in ICL include Brian Lara, Inzaman-ul-Haq, Chris Cairns and many others from Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and West Indies.