MCA to rework broadcast rights proposal; members feel Rs 1.5 crore is 'too less'

The highly-ambitious broadcast deal with the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is on hold for the moment.

The MCA has decided to rework the proposal with Star Sports after most Managing Committee members felt that the agreement requires some fine-tuning. Following yesterday's urgent Managing Committee meeting, the MCA first decided to cancel the press conference scheduled for today, but then decided to hold the same.

"Most members felt that Rs 1.5 crore was too less. Members felt the proposal needs to be reworked. We will again meet officials from the Star TV to discuss the same," MCA's Honorary Secretary Dr PV Shetty told mid-day.

The Managing Committee meeting, which went on for a couple of hours yesterday, was quite a heated one, it is learnt. A source asked: "How can MCA commit to give broadcast rights for tournaments like school cricket (Giles and Harris Shield) and University cricket without the consent of the organisers of those tournament?" Inter-school cricket is organised by the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA).

Another source said: "It is premature to promise broadcast rights for Mumbai Premier League when there is no discussion about the T20 tournament at all at this stage. It is also unclear how many matches they will air and for how long. There is some confusion over the usage of their logo. There are a lot of loopholes in the proposal."

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