Giving a professional touch
Hockey is not the only one. From kabaddi to tennis, many other sports are getting a makeover courtesy IPL-style leagues. HT takes a look at some of them.
Indian Wrestling League
With great fanfare the league is expected to kick off on Nov 6. Apart from paying for the logistics, the six franchises will have to shell out Rs. 35 lakh each. The wrestlers will be graded in three categories. There will also be an icon player in each team. Each team can have four foreign grapplers (two men, two women). Total prize money: Rs. 1.1cr.
Kabaddi Premier League
From one city-based league in 2011, the third edition will see the Kabaddi Premier League expanding to four cities. The federation is planning to include Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi apart from the original venue, Vijayawada. Of the 80 players named by the eight franchises, the 32 internationals were given a contract of Rs. 50,000 for the season, while the rest got Rs. 30,000.
Maharashtra Tennis League
Featuring five teams - Mumbai Blasters, Sharp Smashers, Baseline Bombers, Accurate Aces and Dazzling Deuces - the league starts on January 14 at Pune's Deccan Gymkhana. Each team has three men and three women, including one each from Maharashtra. Each tie will consist of five matches: two men's singles, one women's singles, one men's doubles and one mixed doubles. The costliest player, Vishnu Vardhan, was picked up by the Aces for Rs. 1.9 lakh.
Those that failed to click
Indian Volleyball League
After all the hype, the IVL could not survive beyond the first year. The modest success in 2011 saw the 2nd edition being cancelled, while this year too, it's unlikely to happen. There were 6 teams in the inaugural edition with a top prize of Rs. 10 lakh.
World Series of Boxing
India became a part of WSB through its franchise, Mumbai Fighters. But after a lukewarm response in 2011, the franchise backed out citing "poor response and top Indian boxers skipping the event". Money earned by Indian boxers: Rs. 1-10 lakh.