Good News: BCCI optimistic of IPL Season 13 by the End of this Year
With the easing of the lockdown, the Ministry of Home affairs has permitted the usage of sports stadiums. The BCCI since then has started pondering over the possible resumption of the IPL and other sports activities. The optimism has further increased after Airlines have been allowed to resume operations from 25th May
On Wednesday, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri said that Cricket can resume in earnest after the Monsoon and he was optimistic about the commencement of the IPL Season 13 by the end of this year. That puts it somewhere between October and December 2020.
“IPL is one of the greatest engagers. More people watched the IPL last year than those who voted for general elections. For sponsors, cricket is a leader and it will lead the way. The recovery will be sharper than a V-shaped recovery,” Were the words of BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, during the TCM Sports Huddle Webinar.
Separately, On 20th of May, former IPL COO, Sundar Raman claimed that the cancellation of IPL will severely impact cricket boards as well as players. He said, “IPL remains as the single biggest event for the global cricket economy. With a contribution of around 1/3rd of global cricket revenues annually, the importance of IPL cricket’s global economy cannot be overstressed. Raman has worked out two scenarios for the return of IPL
Scenario 1: IPL returning only on TV by July 2020 and Fans allowed in Stadiums by Jan 2021
Scenario 2: IPL returning only on TV by December 2020 and Fans allowed in Stadiums by April 2021
There is no doubt that the IPL is one of the most powerful sporting properties in the world. During the season period, it drives more searches than an election victory of PM Modi. Even today with the season having been post-poned, IPL has fairly high levels of engagement.
No wonder that millions are waiting with bated breath for the commencement of the season soon.