Shorter IPL could be nightmare come true

  • Sai Prasad Mohapatra & Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Mar 28, 2014 01:01 IST

If the Supreme Court's proposal to bar CSK and RR is upheld and the IPL reduced to six teams, it would be a lose-lose situation for the Board. And the players of CSK and RR could find themselves paying for the sins of others, more specifically ‘officials'.

Two teams less would reduce the number of matches to less than 40 from 60. BCCI's revenue accrued through franchise fee would take a beating. The host broadcaster, Multi-Screen Media, too would feel the pinch, being forced to sell lesser number of advertisement spots.

It would also reduce the revenue share of franchisees considerably. As per the revenue model of IPL, 40% of the broadcaster's revenue was equally shared among the franchisees in the first year. The percentage increased to 50, 60 and 70 in the second, third and fourth years respectively. Since the fifth edition, 80% of the revenue share has been distributed equally among the franchisees.

For franchisees already hit by shifting of IPL abroad (each will stand to lose 85% of gate revenue), the loss will be a major blow. "It's too speculative and too early to comment... we would prefer to wait and watch," Prasana Krishnan, business head of Sony Six, a sport channel owned by MSM, told HT.

The franchises have not lost faith. "It will be sad if the IPL is not organised. We haven't received any communication from BCCI but I believe the tournament must go on. It's about credibility of the IPL," said Mohit Burman, co-owner of Kings XI Punjab.

Vidhuspat Singhania, secretary to the Justice Mudgal Committee, said the court has only proposed barring the franchises. "They still need to hear the BCCI's counsel. Only after that it will pass an interim order," he said.


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