Star Network wants ISL to be postponed

MUMBAI: Post 2014 FIFA World Cup, football fans in India were eagerly waiting for Indian Super League (ISL) to begin. While it is slated for September, its official broadcast partner Star Network has asked IMG-Reliance to postpone the inaugural season.


The Champions League T20 cricket tournament is likely to start from 7 September. The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has given IMG-Reliance a window of 18 September to 7 December for the eight-team league.


The network which is also the promoter of the football league, does not want the league to clash with the cricket tournament.


IMG-Reliance senior official Priti Srivastava told IANS, "Star has requested us to change the dates of the league. But it will be extremely difficult for us. We are still in talks with Star to find a viable solution."


AIFF secretary general Kushal Das also said that the national calendar could not be compromised for ISL.


He added, "We have given them the window and they have to host the ISL during that period."


However, there is some good news as Hero MotoCorp has come on board as as the title sponsor of the league which will now be called ‘Hero Indian Super League’.

Hero has signed a three-year deal with ISL.




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