Sunrisers Hyderabad are the defending IPL champions    IANS
Sunrisers Hyderabad are the defending IPL champions IANS

Social media website Facebook is all set to join the race to bag the digital rights of the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL). It is believed that Facebook is all set to bid to acquire the digital rights of IPL. IPL has a huge audience throughout the country and in corners of the world. It is the most watched T20 league in the world, where Indian players and players from around the world participate. The emergence of many T20 leagues around the world has not taken away the sheen from the IPL. Facebook had stream Premier Futsal and also the England Striker Wayne Rooney s testimonial match between Manchester United and Everton.

Not just this, Facebook also streamed nine exhibition matches of USA basketball in the summer. All these are perhaps indications that Facebook wants to expand its market to a wider audience. A Facebook spokesperson, said: “We don’t comment on rumours and speculation,” according to timesofindia.indiatimes.com. “We’re focused on helping our partners experiment with a variety of Live content types from ‘behind the scenes’ access to first-person athlete Q&As to live games. We have seen great results when we have streamed games live and continue to be interested in testing the viability of this content on Facebook,” the spokesperson added. “We will continue to work with our partners to find the best ways to connect their content to the world’s largest community of sports fans.”

Facebook will have their tasks cut out, if they are to win the digital rights for IPL, considering other big guns like Amazon, Twitter, Reliance Jio, Times Internet & Broadcasters and Sony Pictures Network India (SPN) too will bid to secure the tender.