PKL 2021: Star India retains Pro Kabaddi league rights for next 5 years, no bidding from any other party

PKL 2021: Star India retains Pro Kabaddi league rights for next 5 years, no bidding from any other party
PKL 2021: Star India retains Pro Kabaddi league rights for next 5 years, no bidding from any other party

PKL 2021 – Pro Kabaddi media rights: Star Sports will continue to broadcast Pro Kabaddi League for next 5 years. According to the information available with InsideSport.co, no other party than Disney Star India showed any serious interest in bidding for the rights in the tender conducted by Mashal Sports. Star will now broadcast & LIVE Stream PKL on its network for next 5 years.

InsideSport tried reaching out to Mashal Sports but did not get any reply from representatives of Star or Mashal Sports. PKL tender was completed on Friday after Delhi High Court in their interim order allowed Mashal Sports to conduct the tender under condition of any future order of the court will be binding on the result of the tender.

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Mashal Sports, which has Star India as its majority shareholder, signed a 10 year-deal with AKFI to run, operate and promote the Pro Kabaddi League in India. The contract is in its 8th year now. The petitioner has alleged that the contract between both parties is invalid since the governing body is now controlled by a court-appointed administrator due to alleged irregularities in the functioning and its election process. There are also charges of financial misappropriation against the former AKFI Chief and few other officials.

“When the contract period between Mashal Sports and AKFI is for 10 years, who gave the authority to Mashal Sports to conduct the tender beyond that contract period,” alleged the petitioner.

InsideSport.co put up a same query to Mashal Sports and this is what was their reply.

“Our Media Rights offering for ensuing 5 PKL Seasons (2021 – 2025) are based on the relevant rights and contractual frameworks”, explained Mashal Sports spokesperson.

According to some industry reports, the base price of the PKL Media Rights tender was fixed at 900 Cr. According to the information available with InsideSport, though various parties bought the tender document but no one seriously came forward to bid for the PKL rights.