The BCCI has deferred the last date for submission and opening of the bid documents for the Indian Premier League media rights. The bids may now be submitted till September 1. The results will be declared the same day.
The BCCI, it is learnt, wanted the “additional time for preparations” if the Supreme Court rules to conduct an e-auction of the rights.
Bharatiya Janta Party leader Subramanyam Swamy had moved the Supreme Court on July 11, seeking a directive for e-auction of the IPL media rights. The case was listed for hearing on August 22, Tuesday, before the Bench headed by Mr Justice Deepak Misra. However, the matter has been deferred by a day as another BCCI case is coming up for hearing before the same Bench on Wednesday. Both the matters will be heard simultaneously.
Swamy had pleaded that the “media rights should be done through an e-auction. The current process is a sham and we want to ensure that e-auction is opted”. An e-auction was sought so that the process could be made more transparent.
Meanwhile, August 24, Thursday, is the last date to buy the ITT (invitation to tender) documents. There are 21 prospective bidders to have bought the tender documents so far.
Star India Pvt Ltd, Sony Pictures Networks India Pvt Ltd, Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd, Reliance Jio Digital, Yahoo, Followon Interactive Media, Times Internet Ltd, Gulf DTH, SuperSport International, GroupM Media India, beIN IP, Econet Media Group, Sky UK, ESPN Digital Media, BTG Legal Service, BT Sport, Twitter, Facebook, Discovery, Airtel, Yahoo and DAZN Perform Group have all bought the bid documents.