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Lanka Tri-series: SC to rule on Ten Sports' plea

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MUMBAI: All eyes in the sports broadcast business are on the Supreme Court today, as it is scheduled to deliver its ruling on the plea filed by Taj Television, owner of Ten Sports, seeking a directive to pubcaster Prasar Bharati against interfering with the live transmission of the upcoming Sri Lanka tri-series involving India as well.

Ten Sports, which holds exclusive telecast rights to Sri Lanka cricket, will obviously be hoping for a ruling similar to the one it secured ahead of India's tour to the West Indies in early May. The apex court had then ordered that Ten Sports had exclusive telecast rights to the series and need not share it with the pubcaster.

Ten Sports' petition is not restricted only to cricket but also includes forthcoming major hockey (women's Champions Trophy and World Cup) and tennis events (US Open) that it holds telecast rights to.

The matter will be heard by a Bench of Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Markandey Katju, the Press Trust of India has reported. The Bench had earlier issued notices to the information and broadcasting ministry and Prasar Bharati on Ten Sports' plea.

It is worth noting that Ten Sports' rights to Sri Lanka cricket, which it has held since 1 January 2004, comes to a close on to 31 December 2006.

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