IPL Global Internet & Mobile / Broadcast Rights Bids Invited

March 8, 2011

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited bids for the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) global internet & mobile rights and global broadcast rights excluding some key markets for a period from 2011 to 2014.

The BCCI released a public statement yesterday, March 7, stating: “The Indian Premier League , a sub-committee of the BCCI, invites bids in respect of global Internet and mobile rights along with certain television rights.”

The broadcast rights do not include key markets like the Indian sub-continent, Australia, South Africa, Middle East, Caribbean, Hong Kong  and Singapore. While, the radio rights are available for most of the markets excluding Middle East. The internet & mobile rights are available for all territories.

Entities also have the option of bidding for three packages of rights which includes all the rights including TV, radio, mobile & internet, or all the rights except worldwide mobile rights.

In the case of packaged rights and for the rights excluding mobile, each bid must include an entity which either is a cricket or a sports broadcaster in India, North America or UK, has an internet platform that meets ITT’s minimum criteria with respect to average monthly users and annual internet advertising revenues.

For entities interested in mobile rights each bid must include an entity which is a mobile network operator in India.