BCCI fails to decide on telecasting rights

Published: Tuesday, August 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata :The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday failed to reach any decision on awarding the telecast rights of international matches to be played in the country for the next three years.

The meeting of the BCCI marketing committee to consider the bids submitted by different TV channels remained inconclusive, the BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said after the meeting.

"We will meet again after a gap of 10 to 15 days after seeking some clarifications from some of the parties," he said while refusing to give any details of the deliberations.

"Once the decision is reached it will be announced," he said.

Dalmiya said that all the tenders were examined by the committee as, "each side was weighed upon. But we need some clarifications about some of the parties."

To a query that by when the Board would decide on the issue, he said, "we are in hurry in view of the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Board next month and want to finalise the deal as early as possible."

The AGM of Board is scheduled to be held in Kolkata on September 29 and 30 that would also mark the end of the three-year term of Dalmiya as Board president.

It was learnt that the highest bid of $260 million was made by the Zee Network followed by $230 million by ESPN-Star Sports.

Prasar Bharti's bid was worth $150 million, Sony Network $132 million and Ten-Sports $115 million.

A war of words among the bidders had already started over the much sought after telecast rights with the Zee Network claiming that it had met all requirements and that it had the production expertise and was planning to launch a full-fledged sports channel once it bagged the rights.

Zee's statement came after ESPN-Star Sports claimed to have made the 'highest qualifying bid' for the lucrative telecast rights of cricket matches in India from the current season until 2007-08.

It had also said that Zee did not qualify since they did not have prior experience of broadcasting live matches.

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