Mumbai Indians most consistently growing IPL brand

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Mumbai Indians have been the most consistently growing Indian Premier League team for the three seasons between 2016. The league, with an increase of 19% has attained a brand value of $ 6.3 million, research firm Duff & Phelps has revealed in the IPL Brand Value Report.

Mumbai Indians with a consistent growth for the three successive years has attained a brand value of $113 million, which places the Reliance Industries-owned franchisee as the most valued IPL team ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders, who have a $104 million.

The two-year ban imposed on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals has had some bearing on their brand values. However, CSK’s on-field performance and the Dhoni factor helped them to neutralize the negative impact, as they were valued at US$ 98.0 million alongside Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals follow in the brand rankings, states the report.

Duff & Phelps has also release a graphical video, reflecting the teams progress and position on the brand valuation charts.

“Star India’s broadcasting rights deal was a game changer that put IPL on par with some of the biggest sporting leagues in the world (on a fee per match basis),” commented Varun Gupta, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps and Asia Pacific MD and Leader for Valuation Services Varun Gupta had stated in the annual report released in August 2018. “The change in content consumption, influx of over-the-top (OTT) and digital viewing platforms and increased support from advertisers, broadcasters and sponsors have given the IPL greater significance in terms of brand value.”

Star India Private Limited (SIPL), the new broadcasting partner for the IPL, has given a boost to the broadcast rights fees which increased by a CAGR of 18.9%. Under Star, content delivery expanded to various regional channels across the SIPL universe with commentary in eight different languages, rather than limiting the transmission to sports channels with just English commentary.

According to Duff & Phelps MD Santosh N, the “ IPL brand values report reflects the evolution of the modern cricket business paradigm with clubs benefiting from not only the enduring popularity of cricket in India but also from strong marketing and globalization of the game. However, for growth trajectories to maintain their momentum, all teams need to continue broadening their footprint, forming relationships and generating revenue opportunities in growth markets. Ultimately, however, much of cricket’s future depends on ensuring the product is of a sufficiently high quality to continue attracting viewers, sponsors and broadcasters, the latter of which have become a vital component for the game’s financial health.”

The 2018 season, stated the report, had also witnessed the importance of OTT sports viewership which has become an established and fast-growing market. Hotstar set a world record of OTT viewership with 10.7 million concurrent viewers, beating the 2012 world record of over 8 million concurrent viewers held by YouTube for Felix Baumgartner’s space jump. This surge in online streaming of IPL and the increasing momentum of OTT as a medium to watch sports online was also one of the key reasons for companies to show willingness to acquire digital rights for streaming IPL.

Finally, social media continues to be an important driver of brand value. The first week of the previous season of IPL garnered 642,900 mentions on social media platforms. That has gone up to 855,400 in the first week of the 2018 season and to 1.3 million after two weeks.

CLICK HERE for IPL Brand Valuation report by Duff & Phelps.

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