BCCI sells US T20I rights without tender- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is learnt to have sold the ground rights last week for the two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) without any tender process.The Twenty20 match had to happen between India and West Indies in Florida(USA).The Chennai-based tech-front is the one to receive the rights sold by BCCI which is a veteran in on grounding stadium cricket rights.
The BCCI website had mentioned the base price for the broadcast rights for these two matches,there was no such declaration by the cricket board on the ground rights deal.Supreme court mentioning it as not a transparent deal-appointed Lodha Committee.The Lodha Committee expressed a surprise gesture against this statement of the Lodha Committee expressed a surprise gesture against this statement of transparency of BCCI related to IPL as they sold the ground rights of the Florida matches without even any initial tender process.
The tooth and nail fight for IPL first showed signs on 23 August when sources disclosed that BCCI had written to Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI) offering them to participate in the tender process and on the contrary claimed that it was violating the terms of the contract signed in 2010. Accordingly a clause exists in the BCCI-SPNI IPL deal which allows the latter the first right of refusal for the broadcast rights when they come up for renewal is something revealed by the sources.
According to few sources this clause was inserted in the contract between BCCI and Sony when the latter took the cricket board to court in 2010 and also involved the World Source Group,Singapore which is still under investigation by the Enforcement Directorate.
“BCCI is not being fair and clearly is in breach of the contract” is something strongly believed by SPNI and are trying to cope with the BCCI’s letter involving legal implications.
Post the Supreme Court order in July 18 it is clearly mentioned that it is mandatory for any financial dealings of BCCI to be transparent.It also makes a very clear statement that in future if the cricket board wants to sell a propert it will have to bring out a tender initially.