Sony Pictures Network, Star India stack up for sports broadcast rights

By Urvi Malvania , Business Standard | In Media Publishing | April 02, 2018
Star India has the ICC event's rights and the IPL under its belt among major cricket media rights, while SPN has over the past year acquired the rights to CA, ECB and the South Africa Cricket Board.

The Indian sports broadcast landscape could look like a mirror image of itself from last year, if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave the rights of the matches to Sony Pictures Network India (SPN).

Sony Pictures Network

Last year around this time, Star India had the rights to events from three major boards, BCCI, Cricket Australia (CA) and England Cricket Board (ECB), along with those from the International Cricket Council (ICC). SPN on the other hand had the Vivo Indian Premier League at the centre of its cricket portfolio along with international boards, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and West Indies.

Star India

At present, Star India has the ICC event's rights and the IPL under its belt among major cricket media rights, while SPN has over the past year acquired the rights to CA, ECB and the South Africa Cricket Board. In February, Star India also won the rights for audio-visual production services for IPL and BCCI domestic cricket for the 2018-19 season. The BCCI, earlier this year, called for bids for media rights for the 2018-2023 period. Interested bidders could pick up tender documents for Rs 680,000 ($10,000).

Star India

• International Cricket Council (ICC)
• VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL)
• New Zealand Cricket Board
• Bangladesh Cricket Board
• Asian Cricket Council (ACC)
• Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL)
• Karnataka Premier League (KPL)

Sony Pictures Network

• Cricket Australia (CA)
• England and Wales cricket board (ECB)
• Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
• Sri Lanka Cricket
• Cricket South Africa
• Cricket West Indies
• Zimbabwe Cricket Board
• Caribbean Premier league
• Big Bash
• MCA T20 league

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