Everyone knows that the INdian Premier League has been a big success even though few thougt it would be as big a success at the start. So much so that the man at the helm of IPL, Lalit Modi
(Check Link for more on him) has become the best business leader of India this year(CNBC Award). Along with that the man has been credited with transforming Indian Sports. Here is what he has won
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He was listed among India's 20 most powerful people by India Today magazine. He was included because the BCCI's revenues have increased seven-fold since he joined the board in 2005 and because "no one in cricket wants to be on his wrong side". He is known to be a cricket administrator! In the 2008 August issue of the leading sports magazine Sports Pro he is ranked number 17 in the Power List of global figures connected with sports. He is further hailed as the Best Rain Maker (money maker) for any sports body in the history of sports Globally. In the short time that he has been a sports administrator he has raised over four billion U.S. dollars for his organisation. All this he has done in an Honorary capacity. He has been described as the most powerful man in Cricket by Mike atherton in his article in the Telegraph. Time Magazines July 2008, lists him no 16 in their listing of Best Sports Executives in the World for 2008. In the October 2008 issue of international Business magazine Business Week - Lalit Modi was voted no 19 in the list of 25 most powerful Global Sports figures. Lalit Modi also won the NDTV award for the Most Innovative Business Leader of India.
Lalit Modi comes from a business background - from the famous Rs 4,000 Crore industrial modi group - and is largely credited with the success of the IPL venture. Results speak for themselves. Since coming to the top in 2005 after the infamous power struggle between Sharad Pawar and the ex-cheif Jagmohan Dalmia, the BCCI’s revenues have gone up 7-fold, and his latest baby - The Indian Premier League - is bound to bring in truckloads of money in the coming years.
Now here is what i ask
1) ICL started first and then Modi took that idea forward with IPL. So he didn't technically start anything. Yes he took a idea to the next level but ain't that anyway happening when the big ticket players were gonna play and on the heels of the T20 world cup win? Sure windows is a copied idea too but i frankly hate how th guy takes the credit for it
Plus why do we have to have drug offenders heading top positions
2) We hear about the money but when will we see the stadiums improve? Look at the daylight robbery being done here
(this is an article in TOI showing the huge cash being charged for the match in Nagpur, the last match of the current India-Australia series) or about the news today about the lack of any tickets available at Kotla for the match and no way to biy it online even? Who really cars about the fans here?
3) When will we see proper stadiums with seats, toilets, and good eatery joints in all the small town cities? With the amount of money BCCI has, it can't be tough to do it for all the stadiums where India will play in future on time basis, attending to stadiums that host India first?
4) The pure apathy at promoting Test cricket is showing. If this was IPL(and this is a big ticket series anyway, clash of Titans) we would have BCCI in top gear doing all to promote the tournament. Frankly they aren't even doing a damn to get the stadiums even 25% filled.
No one really cares about these matches, BCCI just cares about T20 now and thats where the money is. How long will the other two forms of game survive with this attitude is an open question
5) Has anyone noticed that sure the rights have gone for huge amounts but the horrible presentation of the cricket matches on TV. Heck even the live match is not spared now. We have half screen ads, animated ads, all when the live ball is in progress. Not to forget a flurry of ads, well extending into the first ball in between overs. Steve Waugh, on his visit to India, said that its a torture to watch a match on Tv in India. Basicallt its the BCCI's responsibility to ensure a good coverage but apart from asking and forcing the broadcaster to show a useless BCCI logo, they haven't forced them to stop the ads running into live matches. The Indian viewer is taken for granted.
I sign off with a blog quote
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Everyone also seems to have forgotten about India’s absolutely miserable performance in the last world cup - the absolute low point of indian cricket - was also under the leadership of Modi. Modi along with his cronies in BCCI made a bunch of hollow promises before the world cup, and duly forgot about them once it ended with the dismal show by India. Then they were not responsible for selection, but how many times do we see Niranjan Shah coming on TV talking about every selection committee meeting.
A very good argument can be made that the success of the IPL is largely because of the involvement of the private sector - Allowing private individuals and companies to own and operate teams. These folks will bring in a lot of professional management. What Modi has done, in effect, is taken the BCCI out of the equation and into the backseat, letting the private guys run everything, and being content now with just collecting the money. Sure he has collected a lot of cash for an "honorary" position, but when will the cash show in our stadiums?
How many are happy seeing a match on tv where its hard to decide if you are watching a match or a ad channel?
Or was this his plan all along? Milk the cash cow for themselves?