After a prolonged spell of uncertainty, commercial rights of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s T20 Champions League are finally scheduled to be announced on Monday (8th September) through a tender process.
These will include television broadcast rights, internet, radio, mobile, ground and ticketing rights. BCCI had earlier fixed a base price of $750 million for a 10-year window for the rights. The T20 league is being held between 3rd – 10th December, against the earlier September – October schedule.
Since the event involves international cricket boards as well, global consortiums may also bid for the league, sources said. Champions’ League’s key member boards include Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa other than BCCI.
The announcement of the commercial rights holder is likely to be made in Dubai. The possibility of the event happening has been under a cloud for various reasons including the event’s original dates being too close to the now-deferred ICC Champions Trophy.
BCCI is hopeful the Champions League will rake in the same amount of hype that the inaugural IPL did. Earlier this year, BCCI had sold IPL’s global broadcast rights to the Sony Entertainment ��� World Sports Group consortium for $ 918 million for a period of 10 years.