Sep 19, 2020

Beleaguered

India’s franchise-based leagues have benefited individual players and popularised their respective sports. But apart from the IPL, the other leagues are yet to work out a viable financial model.

Briefing

Statsman

Cricket is back from the COVID-19 break

Test cricket returned after 127 days when England hosted the West Indies, making it the joint-third longest span of days without Test cricket in the last 50 years.

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Daren Sammy keen on IPL role in 2021

St Lucia Zouks captain Daren Sammy opens up on training for the CPL, future plans in the IPL and how Indian legend M. S. Dhoni had inspired him.

On The Write Line

Jimmy Anderson: More successful in English conditions

Despite Jimmy Anderson’s lack of five-wicket hauls in the subcontinent, his achievement of capturing 600 wickets deserves hearty applause from cricket lovers because seldom has one seen a bowler who can move the ball both ways like he does.

Gennext

Tamil Nadu's M. Pranesh aims to become a Grandmaster

Sponsorship is still an issue for Pranesh especially when he travels abroad with either of his parents.

Food For Thought

IPL 2020: Planning nutrition intake for the Twenty20 League in UAE

It’s going to be a hard two months for my team of nutritionists. Every player working with us is on a WhatsApp food diary and we are constantly advising the players in real time on needful micro-changes.

Last Word

Of Olympic dreams and fantasies

The Olympics do something to you. They pump you with a false sense of self, although the reverse is more likely.

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Down memory lane: Gujarat’s Boys Town hero, Nari Contractor

Nari Contractor recalls his days of school cricket in Nashik and club cricket in Bombay, writing to the Gujarat Cricket Association, leading the Indian Test team and more...

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Annu Rani: Shifting gear with the spear

Annu Rani is the Asian silver medallist, the country’s first female javelin thrower to make the final at the World Championships in Doha last year where she finished eighth, bettering hew own national record (62.43m).

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India's sports leagues: Miles to go before they reap

India’s franchise-based leagues have benefited individual players and popularised their respective sports. But apart from the IPL, the other leagues are yet to work out a viable financial model.

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Indian football leagues: Moving in the right direction

In six years, the Indian Super League has been recognised by the Asian Football Confederation as the top division of Indian football and has also become the first League from South Asia to be inducted in the World Leagues Forum.

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IPL: Understanding the Indian Premier League's financial levers

Those who have stayed invested since the inception of the Indian Premier League — including a majority of the eight original franchise owners — have been raking in the moolah ever since the revenue model changed after the completion of the first decade.

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Falling flat on finances: Indian hockey’s experiments with a league formats

The experience of playing with and against the best in the world helped the Indian players improve their strategising skills, made them confident and gave them access to some of the best minds in the business. But it did little in terms of coaching talent and behind the scenes, things weren’t hunky-dory.

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Pro Kabaddi League: Bringing kabbadi to the mainstream

One would argue that things look great for kabaddi in India as the sport has seen an exponential growth and players are finally getting the exposure they desire. However, team owners, the ones who pump in the money, have not seen sunny days yet.

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IPL diary: Landing in 40 degrees

The 2020 IPL season is around the corner, and the talk’s all about the bio-bubble and staying safe.

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Pro Volley League: A one-edition wonder

Just as the players were hoping that the Pro Volleyball League would go from strength to strength, came the rude jolt. In November 2019, the Volleyball Federation of India terminated its contract with Baseline Ventures which was running the league.

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Big Bout Indian Boxing League: Potential to make a difference

Even though Big Bout managed to attract only a few overseas boxers, the league — held in December — served as an excellent opportunity for elite Indians to test their skills ahead of the Olympic qualifier.

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Premier Badminton League: A starry affair looking for financial stardust

“At this point we are in a wait and watch mode about the next season as it depends on so many factors which are beyond our control,” says Mangipudi Prasad, executive director of Sportzlive which organises the PBL.

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Pro Wrestling League: A launch pad to shine on the bigger stage

Home-grown wrestlers reaped the benefit of spending time with and competing against some elite overseas wrestlers in the Pro Wrestling League.

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Indian tennis leagues: Mired in financial difficulties

The legendary Vijay Amritraj feels that the ideal condition to grow the game and help sustain leagues such as Champions Tennis League is for a bunch of Indians to constantly snap at the heels of established stars from abroad.

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Ultimate Table Tennis: Players strike gold, but finances still a worry

Despite the laurels on the table, Ultimate Table Tennis hasn’t really been able to cash in on it, both in terms of increasing viewership in India or attracting sponsors.

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Sevilla savours a sixth Europa League title

The Spanish club lifted the Europa League trophy for the fourth time in the last seven seasons, defeating Inter Milan 3-2 in the final in Cologne.

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Champions League: Single-leg knockout matches the new normal?

Without the comfort of home games or the restraints of away matches, the shackles were off, which made for much more exciting viewing. It also helped finishing the competition quicker and in a shorter window.

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Many twists and turns in India's Olympiad victory

By becoming the joint champion, India has proved yet again that it is a force to reckon with at the highest level.

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Lewis Hamilton, the unstoppable force in Formula One

The British driver held on to the lead cleanly through La Source at the start, and the only chance that Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen had of getting ahead disappeared in a puff of smoke by the time the three hit the chicane at Les Combes.

Interviews

IPL 2020: For John Buchanan, split captaincy is still a good idea

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) turns 13, John Buchanan still feels split captaincy is a good idea for teams, especially in longer tournaments.

More Sports

National Sports Awards: Why different yardsticks for different athletes?

Given the apparent discrepancies in the process of selection for the National Sports Awards, it is time for the Sports Ministry to bring into force the suggestions given by a review committee in 2019.

Cricket

James Anderson scales Mount 600 in Test cricket

Never a fire-spewing fast bowler like a Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar, Anderson’s unerring accuracy and swing (both conventional and reverse) made it extremely difficult for batsmen to practise abstinence outside the off-stump.

IPL 2020 News

IPL 2020 - Sheldon Cottrell: Want to show fans plenty of salutes in UAE

West Indies fast bowler and Kings XI Punjab's latest recruit Sheldon Cottrell says IPL going ahead is great news for cricketers and fans.