BCCI, Disney-Star at odds over Ind-SA series

Disney-Star, the media rights holder for bilateral matches at home, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are at loggerheads over the quantum of fees for the India-South Africa series, originally scheduled for 2020 Was. But was held in 2022 due to the pandemic. As per the five-year media rights contract signed in 2018, the Disney star agreed to pay 46.5 crore per match for all the matches played in 2020, and 78.9 crores for 2022. The Disney Star Believes It Should Get Paid 46.5 crores in 2022 for the said series as well, considering that it was technically from the third year of the 2018-23 cycle, given that matches were not played in 2020-21 following the Covid outbreak.

The BCCI, however, has taken a contrary stand. A BCCI official said, “Since the South Africa series was played in 2022, the rights holder will have to pay as per the agreed amount for 2022. There is no question of dispute.” A Disney star executive countered the board’s claims: “The third year’s matches were postponed for five years. Also, they (BCCI) hosted an additional match which was not even part of the contract. We waive Rather asking for a fair price. BCCI cannot suddenly increase the price of matches.”

A second official said that the BCCI reserves the right to host or cancel a series that may not be part of the contract, and in such cases the rights holder will have to pay on a pro-rata basis. Queries sent to the Disney star remained unanswered.

In 2018, the BCCI conducted the first ever e-auction for the global consolidated rights of bilateral series in India for 2018–2023. Sony and Reliance Jio also bid for the rights.

As per the agreement on media rights accessed by Mint, BCCI may charge Star 6,138 crore as per MRA but asked the broadcaster to pay difference of 6,277 139 crores, as well as 79 crores for the extra match.

The additional match cost is not being opposed by the broadcaster. However, this has resulted in an increase of 6% in the overall cost, sources said.

The rights for a six-match white-ball series against South Africa were signed. The contract was to be of six matches over 5 years and the series was pushed into its third year.

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