World Sports can sign IPL contract with channel: BCCI to HC

Updated: 17 March 2009 06:42 IST

The BCCI told the Bombay High Court that it has already approved the terms on which WSG can enter into contract with a TV channel for IPL telecast.

Mumbai:

The BCCI on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it has already approved the terms on which WSG can enter into contract with a TV channel for IPL telecast after the court restrained the board from entering into any contract on telecast rights following an appeal by Sony Entertainment.

The board on Monday concluded a new contract with World Sports Group (WSG) for broadcast and other rights for the second season of IPL after terminating its earlier agreement with Sony.

Justice S J Kathawala will continue hearing of the case on Wednesday.

BCCI lawyer V Tulzapurkar contended in the High Court that the board terminated the contract with Sony for two "violations" on the latter's part.

He alleged that as per the contract, Sony was supposed to offer the 'broadcast sponsorship' to the official sponsor of IPL, which was Reliance Big TV. Sony, instead, gave the rights to Bharti Airtel, he alleged.

Secondly, Sony introduced "commercial elements" which was against the contract.

However, Sony's lawyer Iqbal Chhagla denied the arguments and claimed that Reliance Big TV was never the official sponsor for IPL.

Sony moved the Court on Sunday and obtained an injunction restraining BCCI from entering into contract with third party. But the country's top cricket governing body claimed it had already concluded contract with WSG by then.

Topics : Cricket India
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