brfcs5359 Posted February 16, 2010 Share Posted February 16, 2010 I see a 'top 3' EPL team is thinking of biding for a IPL franchise. Given the corporate insatiable financial monster football is, could the next untapped market be summer sport in the form of close season IPL games? I reckon it may be City ( not top 3) and their owners. Perhaps looking personally (non-City), perhaps looking commercially (Man City IPL). We'll see when they announce the IPL details and if it has football/City connections. It would certainly give City heads up in the sub continent. I do not like Gary Cooke and this would be straight out of his playbook. From a football point of view (this is a football MB!) is this potentially a cash generator in the wider commercial sense? IPL is $mega+telephone+numbers 'squared', despite football fans scoffing at it's English counterpart, scones and tea over balls and googlies. 20/20 is big. Cricket needs a mass UK audience. If City are the IPL bidders would Rovers fans be happy to be part of another 'rolling ball'. That an English IPL may be franchised. Maybe run by football clubs. Even played at football grounds in summer as a revenue generator with EPL branding, naming rights. Far fetched maybe. Bigger than IPL, possibly. Not as far fetched when pitched in those terms, ie $filthy+lucre. Lots of it. Enough to price out the biggest Euro millions winner, many an EPL chairman and jailed Texan (former) billionaires. Something that may be exclusive to Forbes richest+, oh and EPL football clubs. Sport is moving fast. The age of the franchise is upon us. Glaziers, Hicks/Gillet, Learner, Arabs, oh and lowly MK Dons! The current English 20/20 is played over 3 weeks. If it was played at Ewood (or alternate) June and July in a short fanfare of a midweek League against Man U et al with international TV who would pay £many_millions would it make money? Probably. Money that would not cross subidise football other than stadia/merchandise benefits. I can hear Cooke now, forget the short boundaries, just look at the bigger scores on the scoreboard, more runs per buck! Just a thought of where this may end up given the scramble for world wide TV merchandise sports dollar and the search for that dollar by the English version of IPL. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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