SC seeks BCCI's reply over e-auction of IPL media rights

Ruben Hill
July 28, 2017

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for e-auctioning of media rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL).

A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar issued the notice to the cricket board and the CoA, despite opposition from senior advocate A M Singhvi on behalf of BCCI CEO.

The auction process for IPL media rights is slated to be held from August 17 and the rights would operate for a period of five years.

He had filed a petition before the Supreme Court, asking why broadcast rights for cricket matches will not be sold through e-auction. "The current process is a sham and we want to ensure that e-auction is opted", said Swamy. He mentioned in the PIL that the BCCI should have gone for e-auction since an audacious amount of Rs 30,000 crore is on the line.

Till 2017 IPL, Sony ESPN was the official broadcaster of the cash rich T20 tournament.

The auction process was delayed a year ago on the apex court's directive to comply with the Lodha panel reforms first.

In 2008, the Singapore-based World Sports Group bagged the IPL television rights for a 10-year period with a United States dollars 918 million bid.

The next hearing is stated for August 22.

The Bharatiya Janata Party leader said since an amount of Rs 30,000 crore was involved in the award of IPL media rights, the issue should not be decided in an opaque manner.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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