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The Indian Premier League is taking over global cricket

Tonhis growth Indian Premier League (IPL) has been spectacular. India’s largest domestic cricket competition kicked off on March 31 this year and just 15 years later it has become, by some measure, the world’s second most profitable sports league after the NFL (NFL). Sell ​​five years of media rights to IPLIt uses the fast-paced Twenty20 (T20) form of cricket, which raised $6.2 billion last year for its organizer, the Board of Control for Cricket in India. This commercial success has confirmed that India is by far the dominant economic powerhouse in cricket.but the owners IPL’Team franchises that include some of India’s richest men and biggest corporations want more.

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valuation IPL Franchises are far less than the billions that English football clubs and US football teams can trade for.two new IPL The team is on sale in 2021 for $940 million and $750 million. This mostly reflects how little they play cricket.this IPL The season consists of 74 games over two months.this NFL 272 games are held every year. To extend their playing time, Indian franchise owners are looking abroad.

in the past year IPL Owner has snapped up all six franchises SA20, a new one T20 the South African League; three of the six teams in the United Arab Emirates International League; and four of the six teams in the Major Cricket League, a new U.S. competition that will begin in July.These acquisitions have changed ipl Owner goes into international business. For example, the stables of the Mumbai Indians, owned by Reliance, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, consist of five teams from four countries.

Reliance and other teams T20 Investors want to mobilize their Indian fans to support their new acquisitions. That should boost merchandise, broadcast and other revenues substantially.Overseas teams are expected to serve as feeder clubs IPLsays Dan Weston of Sports Analytics Advantage, which helps teams build their rosters T20 Contest. The Mumbai Indians signed up-and-coming South African bowler Duan Jansen for their Cape Town side and, encouraged by his performances, brought him to Mumbai.Having a team abroad helps too IPL Investors experiment with tactics. Before Sunrisers Hyderabad named their captain for 2023, they trialed him to lead their Eastern Cape side.

For the new league, IPL Connections bring credibility and financial leverage.According to former South African skipper and current BP commissioner Graeme Smith SA20, “Wish IPL Owners sharing their experience and expertise was key to our success in Season 1. ” Although the South African league has not disclosed its financial situationIPL The owners are believed to have paid over $25 million each for at least two teams, and more importantly, they generated enough interest in India to sell their media rights there. This ensured that its first season was profitable.

For cricket fans, the changes have been dizzying – and not entirely positive. For a long time, the sport was mainly organized around international competitions. Domestic competitions in cricketing powerhouses such as Australia, England, India and South Africa are primarily seen as talent pools for national teams.Privatization of cricket IPLThe franchise model and its enormous commercial success upended this relationship. IPL Owners can offer players significantly higher salaries than their national cricket boards.As a result, more and more cricketers are cutting short their international careers in favor of T20 circuit.

There are fears that young cricket stars will give up international cricket altogether.this IPLThe de facto global expansion makes this all the more likely. Venky Mysore, CEO of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise (which also owns teams in three other leagues), wants to sign players to full-year contracts to play for all of his teams. That doesn’t match the career highlights described by former star players such as Mr Smith who made 347 caps for South Africa.

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