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SC not to interfere in BCCI-DD deal

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today in an interim order observed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Prasar Bharati and Sony should keep detailed accounts of the revenue earned through the telecast of the cricket matches.

 

This also indicates that the court has refused to intervene on the application moved by Zee Telefilms last Friday questioning BCCI's announcement regarding upcoming cricket fixtures.



According to a statement issued by Zee, the apex court's ruling has been given "so that if the final decision is in favour of Zee than its commercial interests could be protected on the basis of the revenue accounts filed by the parties."



Proceedings under Zee's writ petition continue where the status of BCCI as "State" is being debated presently.

 

It was on Thursday that the BCCI announced that live feeds would be produced by Ten Sports network for BCCI, while "telecast, distribution and marketing" would be done by Sony Entertainment Network on a "revenue sharing basis".



The arrangement was done for three events, the India-Autralia four Test series, the India-Pakistan Platinum Jubilee match on 13 November and two-test series between India and South Africa in November-December.



Two days later, following national broadcaster Doordarshan's threat to go to court, the Indian cricket board chose to go along with DD in place of Sony, thereby ensuring the removal of government interference.

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