Women’s IPL: Viacom 18 wins media rights, to pay INR 7.09 crore per match


Viacom 18 has received the media rights for the inaugural girls’s IPL for a interval of 5 years following the public sale in Mumbai. The corporate pays INR 951 crore (USD 116.7 million approx.) for the interval – 2023 to 2027 – which BCCI secretary Jay Shah referred to as “large” whereas making the announcement on Twitter.

ESPNcricinfo has discovered that solely two of the eight events that had purchased the tender had turned up for the public sale: Viacom 18 and Disney Star*. The successful bid was for each linear TV and digital and have been offered globally, together with India.

Shah stated the successful bid quantity meant a per-match worth of INR 7.09 crore (USD 866,000 approx.) over 5 years. The lads’s IPL, compared, fetched a five-year deal of INR 48,390.5 crore (USD 6.2 billion approx. on the time) in June final yr with a per-match worth of INR 58 crore (USD 7.43 million approx.).

“After pay fairness, in the present day’s bidding for media rights for Ladies’s IPL marks one other historic mandate,” Shah stated on Twitter. “It is a large and decisive step for empowerment of ladies’s cricket in India, which can guarantee participation of ladies from all ages. A brand new daybreak certainly!”

Shah additional stated the deal would “revolutionise girls’s cricket” globally. “I’m actually thrilled that we have now had such an encouraging response for a league that can revolutionise girls’s cricket not simply in India however throughout the globe,” he stated in assertion. “It is a dedication I had made to the board and our girls cricketers and in the present day we have now taken one large leap. The broadcasters play a key position in taking the sport to a wider viewers and their energetic curiosity within the league is a transparent indication that the Ladies’s Indian Premier League is headed in the suitable path.”

The per-match worth of INR 7.09 crore was calculated for 22 matches per season throughout the primary three years, adopted by a attainable enhance to 34 matches from 2026 when the BCCI, primarily based on the efficiency of the ladies’s IPL, might have a look at including a sixth franchise.

“Ladies’s cricket has been on the up since a number of years and the just lately concluded bilateral collection in opposition to Australia is a good testomony to how well-liked girls’s cricket has change into in India,” BCCI president Roger Binny stated in a launch. “It was solely apt to get our personal girls’s T20 league and provides the followers extra of ladies’s cricket.”

The 2 main variations between the sale of the lads’s and the ladies’s media rights have been that the ladies’s rights didn’t have a base worth in contrast to the lads’s, and that the lads’s rights have been cut up throughout a number of classes and areas in an public sale course of that spanned three days.

The inaugural girls’s IPL is anticipated to have 5 groups, which can get 80% of the central business pool, of which the media rights constitutes a significant half.

The BCCI has shortlisted a pool of ten cities from throughout India and the 5 groups shall be related to a metropolis every.

ESPNcricinfo had earlier reported that the house owners of males’s IPL groups Chennai Tremendous Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans have been amongst these to have submitted bids for a staff within the girls’s IPL. The BCCI has set January 23 because the deadline to submit the technical bids for analysis. As in comparison with the media rights, the rights to personal groups could be for a ten-year interval (2023-32).

The 5 winners shall be introduced on January 25. The bids from the teams hoping to personal groups are at present with the BCCI, in sealed envelopes.

Although official dates should not out but, it’s understood that the primary season of the ladies’s IPL will run from March 5 to 23 – earlier than the lads’s version begins. The primary three seasons (2023-25) are set to have 22 matches every. Every of the 5 groups will play the opposite twice (a complete of 20 matches) within the league stage, adopted by an Eliminator between the groups that end second and third, after which a ultimate between the winner of the Eliminator and the table-topper. From the 2026 season, the WIPL will function 33 or 34 matches.

Viacom 18 had additionally secured the digital rights of the lads’s IPL for the subcontinent area (for INR 23,757.5 crore or USD 3.04 billion) and each the TV and digital rights throughout three world areas – Australia + New Zealand, the UK and South Africa – (for INR 1058 crore or USD 135.49 million) final June.

*ESPNcricinfo and Disney Star are a part of the Walt Disney Firm

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