ESPN to share ad-free feed with Doordarshan

CSA announced a three-Test series against India as well as an ODI rubber from November-January.

Written by Agencies | Published: October 4, 2013 4:20 am

Dismissing an argument by sports channel ESPN,the Delhi High court on Thursday has held that “whosoever airs a live television broadcast of sporting events of national importance must share the same without any advertisements inserted with Prasar Bharti.” On April 6,in a communication to ESPN,Prasar Bharati had said “it is not in a position to share the live signals which are not clean” and insisted that the channel provide the feed of the matches without any commercial. ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd in its plea had argued that it did not have control over the “Commercial inserts” that were attached to the feed received by it from the event organizers. ESPN had further argued that its “obligation under the law was to share the live broadcast signal as it was received” by it from the sporting event organizer; and since the feed received by it contain certain advertisements by the organizer of the sporting event,their obligation were limited to share the signal as it is. A bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog dismissed ESPN’s plea asking for a direction to Prasar Bharati not to insist on the live signal of international cricket matches of India without any commercial.

BCCI alleges CSA protocol breach

The BCCI today blamed breach of protocol by Cricket South Africa for uncertainty over the Indian team’s scheduled tour to that country later this year. “Things are going (on) since long. In normal circumstances BCCI would have done anything (for the tour to happen). But the protocol of finalising any series is a joint declaration. But that declaration was originally done without the BCCI’s approval. So we are waiting,” said BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel. CSA announced a three-Test series against India as well as an ODI rubber from November-January without consulting the BCCI which turned down the CSA’s programme and slotted in an unscheduled tour by the West Indies next month. BCCI is also reportedly upset with CSA for appointing former ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat,who had rubbed some top Board officials on the wrong side in the past,as its new CEO despite hints that such a move could hamper the good relations that existed between the two cricket boards.

Board happy with Rs 2 crore base price

There was just one bidder in fray and the sponsorship rights went for the base price but the BCCI today said it was happy with the deal it struck with Star India Pvt Ltd and ESPN for all 13 home international fixtures till March 2014 considering the difficult economic times. The BCCI today awarded the title sponsorship for all international series and domestic tournaments in India for the year 2013-14 to Star Private and ESPN Software at the base price of Rs 2 crore per fixture,almost Rs 1.5 crore less when compared to their previous deal with Airtel. “The market situation is such that at one point of time we thought it will be very difficult to get the sponsorship considering the turmoil in the financial market. But we are very happy (with price),” Board Secretary Sanjay Patel told reporters after the BCCI’s Marketing Committee meeting here. “We are pleased that Star and ESPN Group bid for both the series. That means Australia and West Indies (series) and the deal will be close to Rs 26 crore. Only one bid was there and the minimum bidding price (is what) they have accepted.

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