Coming 2011 season, it would be difficult for you to remember the names of various ten franchisees, owned by some of the most famous personalities/consortiums, from your favorite sporting event- The Indian Premier League (IPL).
Two More Franchisees from Next Season
Yes, if you are not satisfied with the fierce competition led by the eight teams in the up coming IPL season slated to commence from March 12 next month, you can expect two more IPL franchisees to be added for the next season which shall be announced by IPL on March 8. The invitation to tender document for the 2 new franchisees will be made available from February 21. A base price of US $225 million per franchisee has been set for the 2 new franchisees. From current 60 matches, the total matches will go close to 100! Will it be a over-dose? time will tell !
IPL In Cinema Houses
Not just that, IPL, this time around, is expected to go on air even in some of your near-by cinema theatres across India. Yes, a big screen presence for every lofty shots played by your star cricketers. In fact, the 2 semi-finals and the final match will be shown in 3-D for the ardent followers of IPL in Mumbai, in selective halls. The kick-up is gradually moving up as the matches can be viewed from the comforts of air-conditioned theatres.
IPL on YouTube
All the 60 games of IPL season starting next month will be broadcast live on YouTube onÂ as well as IPL’s official website. This joining of hands of IPL with the internet community and coming live on air will ensure that the large working audience can also keep track of their favorite matches during their free time in absence of TV at their work place.
More recently, the confrontation between the organizers and broadcasters with the News Broadcasters Association to boycott the event due to some clash of terms as laid down by IPL shows that the big bug is also awaiting to be tapped for the News broadcasters industry waiting to cash-in from the glitz of this famous T20 even, if not for the obstacle discussed above. The issues still stands unresolved as this is being written.
The First Mover Advantage
The IPL event is slowly gaining traction bigger than ever before and manages to stay in the limelight way before the event commences. The eyeballs are grabbed even before the match is played, won or lost. The stakes are becoming bigger by every year and the IPL and its stake holders are seeking to sign-in maximum possible benefits tapping its way through its ‘First mover’ advantage.
Which team are you betting on for this season?
The moot point is that the winner and the stake holders of this season would be able to enjoy more privileges until next season, as goodies keep rolling-in with the title.