BCCI may call for fresh bids for TV rights

Published: Monday, September 20, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it has powers to cancel the tender process as well as call for a fresh bid for telecast of cricket matches and indicated that it may do so in case the legal row between ESPN-Star Sports and Zee Telefilms Ltd is not resolved soon.

The statement was made by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) counsel K K Venugopal who said the matter needs to be resolved speedily as Cricket Australia (CA) has threatened to withdraw from the upcoming cricket matches in case the telecast does not take place.

The tender process has been challenged by ESPN-Star Sports through a petition questioning award of cricket telecast rights to Zee Telefilms by BCCI.

Venugopal said "the tender gives us right to cancel the whole process," and added that BCCI may call for a fresh bid from both these parties as well as the other three parties and may decide on the winner on the basis of highest bid.

He said that the clause 3.2, which deals with the eligibility in terms of experience and production capacity may be done away with and the new tender would just focus on the highest bid.

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