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SBD Global/October 29, 2012/Media
BCCI Demands BBC Pay Extra $80,000 For Rights To Test Match Special
Published October 29, 2012
LENDING A HAND: In London, Nick Hoult reported that England and Wales Cricket Board Chair Giles Clark is "in talks with the Indian board" to try to solve a dispute with British broadcasters. Clarke has contacted BCCI Chair N Srinivasan to "thrash out a deal." However, if he fails, both broadcasters will be "reduced to providing commentary from studios in England." Sources have indicated that broadcasters "fear setting a precedent" if they cave to the Indian board’s last-minute demands. No other board has ever asked for money to provide commentary positions, and both broadcasters "feel the rights fees covered the provision of full facilities" (TELEGRAPH, 10/25). In Dubai, Osman Samiuddin opined that the BCCI is legally not "violating any stipulation." Some will "probably even applaud" the organization's sharpness in spotting an opportunity to make more money. Except that "this is not really about money." It is actually about the BCCI making money to "show that the ability to generate it endlessly also grants them the right to not just exercise, but to actively show off the power of that money: it is a naked show of strength." Furthermore, it is also about the BCCI's "overbearing control of the game, a control that envelops what people can say on air about a match being played in India." Finally, Samiuddin wrote, "If Sky's commentators are going to come here and raise issues we do not want raised, the BCCI seem to be saying, then they are at least going to pay us for the privilege" (THE NATIONAL, 10/28).