BCCI begins bidding process for IPL rights


The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has invited bids for the upcoming series of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on various platforms.

Under this invitation to tender, broadcasters, Internet operators and mobile network operators are invited to bid to secure certain media rights to broadcast IPL matches for the four seasons from 2011 to 2014 inclusive.

The rights are for worldwide television excluding India, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Caribbean, worldwide radio apart from the Middle East, worldwide Internet with a five minute delay in India, Worldwide mobile with a five minute delay in India.

The bidding document is available until 15th March and submissions have to be made by 20th March in Chennai.

In the UK, Sky Sports, ZEE Network and last year’s rights holder ITV are expected to compete for the rights in this territory. Meanwhile, YouTube will once again stream each game live on its portal. YouTube and the BCCI had agreed the deal last year for a period of two years.

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