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Pro Kabaddi League vs Star Sports conflict – An Overview


Pro Kabaddi League is most popular sports league in India after Indian Premier League. PKL became major hit since it’s inception by Mashal Sports and Star Sports in 2014. Both companies deserve credits for popularizing the game to households. Pro Kabaddi League is witnessing thumping growth season by season in tv ratings. Pro Kabaddi League equally benefited to game and organisers. PKL set kabaddi standards higher and also generated expected revenues for organisers and sponsors.

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COVID-19 pandemic ravaged Pro Kabaddi League 2020 season as kabaddi is a contact sport. Rumours of PKL moving to other country are already been denied and there’s no clear vision for resumption until 2021. International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) already put major international kabaddi events on hold. Kabaddi world going through crisis due to corona virus and not ready to take on each other on mat.

Major conflict between Star Sports and team owners risen by disagreement on revenue share. Star Sports had 5 year deal with PKL franchise owners where each franchise was getting 4 crores per year. This contract is about to expire after 2020 thus conflict between franchise owners and organisers emerged.

Franchise owners are asking 22 crore revenue for each season and Star Sports are offering 15 crore in new contract. Star Sports accepted the request of revenue share hike. But differences can be seen between the demands of both parties. Many franchise owners stated that they faced big losses to fund their teams. But now they asked this amount for new contract as loyalty payback reward.

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Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) yet to take stand on this situation as they are unstable right now. They’re facing many internal issues due to pandemic and postponed elections. Conflict will be over soon as Star Sports ready to take actions softly and negotiations will progress slowly. Situation will surely sorted as both parties has lot of time to think and negotiate. Looks like Star Sports won’t take decision on any demands and business of Pro Kabaddi until the end of IPL. Star Sports can’t afford to lose broadcasting rights or superiority powers of PKL as it’s one of prominent resources for them.

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