The IPL broadcast rights are currently with SPIL. Photo courtesy: Paulami Chakraborty
The IPL broadcast rights are currently with SPNI. Photo courtesy: Paulami Chakraborty

As the season nine of Indian Premier League (IPL) comes to an end, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are providing their official broadcasters a span of 60 days to decide on their rights. Sony Pictures Network India (SPNI), who have been the official broadcasters of IPL ever since its inception, will have to renew their rights. According to the current contract policies, SPNI holds the first right to take their call on whether they want to continue – with the current amount of the contract or propose a new structure- or want to terminate it. READ: Sandeep Patil applies for India’s Head Coach job

Newly appointed BCCI secretary, Ajay Shirke, and CEO Rahul Johri, after a meeting with SPNI CEO NP Singh, came to the decision to allow the company with the above mentioned span. The deal comes with many uncertainties as, if there be no tender posted by BCCI, who will hold the rights for IPL broadcasts. The other broadcasters who have a deal with BCCI are Starsports. Starsports pay a whopping INR 43 crore for every match they broadcast. With IPL being a 60 match affair as seen in the recent format, will they be interested to broadcast the competition is the next question.

As reported by Times of India, a source close to BCCI revealed, “Star invested heavily in all BCCI deals these last three years and waited patiently for the IPL rights to come up for renewal. But now, if they aren’t given a fair opportunity to bid for the IPL rights, why should they continue paying the same fees to the BCCI. They might as well invest that money in the international cricket window.”