The WIPL is set to start in March but before that, the much-awaited media rights auction of the tournament is going to take place on January 16. The event was supposed to be held on January 16 but however, but BCCI came up with some conditions for the media rights auction.
The board has made it clear that the Women’s T20 league needs to start in the first week of March, in case it doesn’t happen, the rebidding process will take place next year. However, BCCI refused to give any kind of guarantee regarding the participation of the five teams in the first season. Before the bidding, it is mandatory for the franchises to buy the ITT. It has other terms and conditions written there and those satisfying the eligibility criteria will be allowed to bid. Secondly, the board has the right to cancel or amend the bidding process at any phase.
“If for any reason, 5 (five) Teams are not constituted to play in the League in Season 2023 or the League is not organized in Season 2023, then all the Media Rights Agreements shall stand terminated” – The BCCI said
The report further added “It is important to note that once the 5 (five) Teams are selected, participation by a Team in the League is subject to various terms and conditions, and BCCI is not providing any assurance or guarantee regarding the participation of all 5 (five) Teams.”
The Media tender was for the 2023-2037 period. It was available for purchase till December 31 when more than 10 entities picked the tender. As mentioned above, the bid submission will be taking place on January 16. Unlike IPL, BCCi will follow a closed bidding process for the media rights for WIPL.