Telecast rights issue before BCCI marketing panel

MUMBAI: The working committee of the Board for Cricket Control in India (BCCI), which met in Kolkata today to discuss the telecast rights of cricket matches in the country for the next four years, among other things, has referred the issue to its marketing committee for "further advice".

Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya, speaking to the media after the meeting where all 26 members of the committee were in attendance, said the matter would be taken up for further discussion tomorrow. A Zee News report has quoted the Indian board supremo as saying a final decision on the issue would be made during tomorrow's meeting.

BOMBAY HIGH COURT DISMISSES PIL A two-judge bench of the Bombay High Court today dismissed a public interest litigation alleging irregularities in the issue of India rights tenders, the Press Trust of India has reported.

The court, on 14 August, had expressed its desire to hear affected parties and TV channels such as Sony, Zee, Sahara and Doordarshan, besides BCCI.

The PIL, filed by advocate Swapnil Pednekar on 11 August, had impleaded the Union ministry of sports, Union ministry of information & broadcasting, ESPN Star Sports, Ten Sports, Sony Entertainment TV India, Zee Telefilms, World Sport Nimbus and IMG/TWI, amongst others, in the case.

The plea had also listed a number of complaints against the functioning of the BCCI.

RELIANCE OFFICIAL IT PARTNER The BCCI on Monday also announced a multi-million rupee alliance with Reliance Industries to set up a hi-tech communication facility "for the Board for overall betterment of sports in the country," PTI reported.

The report quotes Dalmiya as saying Reliance would be given the status of official IT partner of the board.

As per the terms of the agreement, Reliance would carry out a Rs 50 million to Rs 70 million project to "set up state-of-the-art communication facilities and technical support systems like video conferencing, for technical matters pertaining to age determination of players, injury problems, ground and wicket preparations, among others," the report says.

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