TV rights dispute shuts out Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League is due to get underway on Friday but it won’t be screening on TEN due to a dispute over TV rights.

In March a consortium of Times Internet Limited and Nimbus Communication Limited acquired the global TV rights from The Board of Control for Cricket for broadcast outside India for the next 4 years. But it followed an earlier and unresolved dispute between the World Sport Group and the BCCI which cancelled an earlier media license.

WSG had the IPL rights in partnership with Sony Corporation.

A TEN spokesperson told TV Tonight, “As there is currently a significant legal dispute between The Board of Control for Cricket in India (which owns and controls the commercial rights in the Indian Premier League) and the company through which Network TEN secured the Australian broadcast rights, Network TEN has decided not to broadcast the IPL.

“As this matter is currently before the Court in India we will not be making any further comments at this time.”

FOX Sports is also unable to come to the aid of IPL cricket fans whilst TEN remains the rights holder.

56 Comments:

  1. Love cricket specially ipl
    U c d best n exciting cricket …,
    Real shame , was so much looking forward to it .. Hope sm sence prevail .. Coz cricket’s d only thing I watch on channel 10 or1 hd, sad to c it go ..channel 10 d most boring channel ever sucks ……………….. Big time

  2. Patrick Musson

    Shame about the IPL but look at the drivel 1HD has now. They even show movies, and if I see one more show about loggers and hot rods somebody shoot me. Last time I checked logging and hot rods aren’t sport. Hate soccer and Rugby League and now they’ve lost the rights to the AFL next season. Don’t want to fork out nearly a hundred bucks for a handful of shows and sport on Foxtel so unless 1HD shows the IPL next season I’m afraid it is bye, bye sport of any kind and hello dvd box sets.

  3. Bugger Tens exuses . They say we have decided not to air the IPL which sugests they could if they choose . Just a coincidence that Packer and Murdoch have just started meddling in Tens affairs . Whats our government doing .

  4. What a shame, millions of Australians looking forward to this showpiece and nobody can make it happen, very sad state of affairs for a cricket mad country.

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