IPL 2008 had created a history and many around world had looking IPL 2009 to set a new records of popularity and income. All was fine until the Goa auction. But after that many events happened which has put question on future of 2nd season of IPL
After the attack on Sri Lankan players the scene changed drastically. First home minister of India refused to provide security to games due to General elections. Many revised schedules were sent by IPL, major venues were dropped but still every day some state govt coming out with denial to games. It is causing worries to organisers.
The out come of the securiy issue is games are moved to many new venue like Dharmshala in HP, Nagpur and Chattisgarh. Rumours are also around that games could be shifted out of India, with South Africa being favourite. (Although SA board has denied it)
Apart from security problems to the games, broadcast rights issue is another headache to IPL. After hugely gaining from IPL telecast 2008, the broadcaster SONY have roped in many sponsors, of which 1 was DTH operator AIRTEL. But this sponsorship deal was not acceptable to BCCI/IPL’s official sponsor BIG TV (Reliance ADAG group). Hence BIG TV pulled out of sponsorship deal causing huge financial loss to BCCI. Due to this agitated BCCI cancelled the telecast rights to SONY and awarded the complete telecast rights WSG group. SONY has moved to court to stop the new deal. Then story continued of out of court settlement between IPL & SONY which also reportedly failed. Meanwhile WSG started looking for telecast channels as it doesn’t have any channel in India. Again the channels SONY, ESPN-STAR & NDTV (surprise!) are in race for telecast rights.
It would be interesting to know who finally broadcasts the mega event (if it happens).
All eyes would be on Lalit Modi on Sunday (22 March) to know what is future of IPL 2009.
Above information is based on various media reports.