The combined value of the rights was estimated to be almost double the 2018-22 deal.
An IPL match is billed in rights value ahead of English Premier League soccer’s $11.8 million per game, Indian media reported on Wednesday. The combined value of the rights was estimated to be almost double the 2018-22 deal.
Disney-owned Star India retained the IPL television broadcast rights to the annual two-month tournament for the 2023-27 period for Rs235.75 billion ($3.02 billion), said Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), at the end of the auction process on Tuesday.
Viacom18, a broadcasting joint venture run by Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries won digital streaming rights for Rs237.58 billion ($3.04 billion).
"IPL is an important component of our portfolio of television channels in India, providing an incredible opportunity for us to showcase The Walt Disney Company’s powerful global brands and iconic storytelling, as well as Disney Star’s impressive collection of local original content, to millions of viewers in India,” Rebecca Campbell, Chairperson of the International Content and Operations, The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement.
Cricket stars from all over the world participate in the IPL, which the BCCI started in 2008 as a way of retaining its top talent while attracting new fans to the fastest format of the international game.
The Gujarat Titans won the 2022 edition, beating Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the final on May 29. India's national team is already back in action, hosting South Africa in a limited-overs series.
The Walt Disney Company will also be exploring other multiplatform cricket rights, including future rights for the International cricket Council and the Board of Control for cricket in India, which it currently holds through the 2023 and 2024 seasons, respectively, Campbell said.
In 2023 and 2024, the IPL will stage 74 matches per season and it will grow to 84 matches per season in 2025 and 2026.
"Ultimately, India could become like the U.S. in baseball or basketball: the home of a league so lucrative and so international in its player pool that it would no longer need the cash it once generated from bilateral international fixtures,” respected cricket analyst Sharda Ugra wrote in an article for the Hindustan Times.
Bowling brilliantly and in the channel, Shami sent back Lucknow skipper and his India teammate KL Rahul for a golden duck and then claimed two more wickets in quick succession for figures of 3-0-10-3 in his first spell.
Qualifier 1 and Eliminator will be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24 and 26 while Eliminator 2 will be in Ahmedabad on May 27 and the final of the cash-rich league will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium on May 29.
Virat Kohli's miserable IPL continued on Saturday when he was dismissed for a second successive golden duck as his Royal Challengers Bangalore were skittled for just 68 by Sunrisers Hyderabad who strolled to a nine-wicket win.
Skipper Hardik Pandya hit a blazing 87 to set up a comfortable 37-run victory for Gujarat Titans against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, as his side replaced their opponents at the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
In another dominant performance, UAE defeated hosts Malaysia by five wickets in the final of the ACC Women’s T20 Championship on Saturday.
Petra Kvitova warmed up for Wimbledon by winning the Eastbourne singles title for the first time with a 6-3, 6-2 rout of Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday.
A 13.2km time trial will get the 109th edition of the Tour De France underway, before the riders eventually roll into the mountains and push their bodies and physical capabilities to the absolute limit.