The league was likely to be held between July and October this year but had to be postponed from its usual slot because of the coronavirus. Bengal Warriors are the reigning champions of the tournament.
The tournament is now likely to be held next year. “We will be back next year once it’s safe to resume,” the statement released by the organisers added.
VIVO Pulls out from PKL, franchises also want media rights auction in the open market
Earlier title sponsor of the League VIVO also had pulled out of the league in July. That is not only the headache PKL organizers will have to face now.
The PKL owners Mashal Sports are currently in a complete fix on another issue. Reason, the franchises of PKL as reported earlier does not want any preferential treatment for the broadcasters Star India. The franchises want, PKL Media rights to be auctioned in the open market. This means, Star India who has been instrumental in building PKL what it is today and who also owns the majority share in the Mashal Sports can’t have free access to the media rights of the league.
On the contrary franchises in unison are pushing Mashal Sports to conduct the open auction where along with Star Sports other potential media partners like Sony Pictures Network, Jio Network can vie for the rights. According to the franchises this will lead to best possible price discovery for the rights which are currently undervalued according to them.
“Mashal’s ownership by Star India is complete conflict of interest. In recent meeting, we have cleared to Mashal that we can’t accept revenue share arrangements by Star. PKL is a very valuable media property and we all have invested into it. Star can’t enjoy the entire benefits. We have asked Mashal to opt for open auctions. Let us discover the best possible values and platform for the rights of PKL”, said one of the franchise owner to InsideSport.