Indian Super League Football Will Kick Off In September '14 Instead Of January
The organizers of the "much anticipated" Indian Premier League-style football league on Sunday "decided to defer the proposed tournament to September-November next year" instead of early '14, according to the PTI. A joint release said, "Keeping in view of the various key factors, including scheduling conflicts with the I-League and non-availability of stadium in Goa due to delay in Lusofonia Games -- the committee has unanimously decided to launch the Indian Super League on a permanent window of September to November starting from year 2014." The tournament was "earlier scheduled to be inaugurated in Mumbai" on Jan. 18. IMG-Reliance had entered into a "multi-million dollar deal with Star India to become equity partners in a joint venture for the next 10 years to run the league." The tournament organizers said, "The launch of Indian Super League has generated an overwhelming response not only in India but also in the overseas market over the last two weeks. Many proposed League partners and stakeholders have reached out to the organising committee with the above suggestions" (PTI, 10/27).