UK and Africa eyeing IPL global media rights

They will have to deal with Viacom-18, Zee Entertainment, Sony, Dream11, and Star Sports, who holds the current media rights.

UK and Africa eyeing IPL global media rights
Rajasthan Royal players in a press briefing after the match. [Source: IPL]

IPL’s global media rights has attracted international broadcasters including UK’s Sky Sports and South Africa’s Supersport for the next five-year cycle. The two have reportedly picked up the bid documents but there is no official bidding yet.

The last date for buying the bid documents is May 10. If successful, the deals might bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over ₹50,000 crore. The e-auction will take place after the IPL this season.

Making the decision intense, Viacom-18, Zee Entertainment, Sony, Dream11, and Star picked up the Invitation to tender (ITT). Currently, Star holds the media rights which ends after this season.

BCCI classified media rights into four different roles: Digital Rights, TV Rights for the Indian subcontinent, 18 games (including inaugural games, weekend doubleheaders, 4 playoff games), and Rest of the World.

The Tata Group is the title sponsor of IPL for the current season. [Source: IPL]