सामयिक विषय: Sports Miscellaneous

star india wins ipl right

Star India acquired broadcast rights of IPL matches

Question: Recently which of the following channels has won the global broadcasting and digital media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL)?
(a) Sony India
(b) ESPN
(c) Star India
(d) Discovery
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • Media and Entertainment Company ‘Star India’ won the global broadcasting and digital media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the next five years (from 2018-2022) after bidding a lump sum amount of Rs 16,347.5 crore (USD 2.55 billion). (September 4, 2017)
  • It will also include digital broadcast rights in addition to global television broadcasts.
  • Star India is the only company to bid for a single global media rights.
  • The media rights include broadcast (TV) and digital (mobile and internet) for various segments namely India, Middle East, Africa, Europe and America.
  • BCCI stands to earn nearly double that amount in half the duration (five years) with earnings of Rs 3270 crore from IPL media rights per year.
  • The BCCI will now earn Rs 55 crore approximately from an IPL match compared to Rs 43 crore, ironically, for each international match that India play.
  • Accordingly, the sum total of other bids, excluding Star consortium, was Rs 15,819.51 crore which is at least Rs 500 crore less than Star India’s consolidated bid.
  • Star India, owned by 21st Century Fox, has now the global media rights of BCCI, ICC and IPL.
  • Of these, the right of BCCI will be terminated by March 2018.
  • 14 out of the 24 companies that had bought the ITT (Invitation to Tender) document bid for various rights, turned up for the auction.
  • Out of the 14 companies, BamTech was disqualified as they did not meet the requisite criteria.
  • Some of the other companies that were in contention for India digital rights were Times Internet Limited, Jio, Airtel, Facebook, Amazon, ESPN Digital Media, Twitter, Discovery etc.


Rural Games to take Place in Delhi

Rural sports festival be organized

Question: In the first stage, under the Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsav, the games will not be held in-
(a) Alipur
(b) Mehrauli
(c) Palam
(d) Najafgarh
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On August 26th, 2017, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Minister shri Vijay Goel announced that the first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsav will kick-start from Delhi.
  • It will be take place between 28th August to 3rd September, 2017.
  • The Rural Games are aimed to popularising the indigenous games like wrestling; athletics etc. and also have fun games like Matka Race, Tug of War for senior citizens to add the fun element in the games.
  • In the first stage, the games will be held in Alipur, Mehrauli, Nangloi, Najafgarh and Shahadara.
  • In the first stage 10000-12000 youngsters will participate.
  • The second stage will commence on 31st August till 01 September 2017 which will have inter-block games.
  • It is noteworthy that the sports talent search portal is also to be proposed to launch on 28th August, 2017.
  • The portal enables any person from across India to upload his information and as per that the Ministry will tap their talent and train them further in their respective disciplines.



Goodwill ambassador for the Handicap International

Question: Which international footballer has been appointed as the new goodwill ambassador of the Handicap International Organization?
(a) Lionel Messi
(b) Cristiano Ronaldo
(c) Paul Vogba
(d) Neymar Jr.
Ans: (d)
Related facts:

  • On August 15th, 2017, the Brazilian soccer player Neymar Jr. became the new International Ambassador of the award-winning international NGO Handicap International.
  • Neymar will provide support to the organization in empowering the most vulnerable people in the world, people with disabilities living in poor countries, victims of conflicts and natural disasters.
  • As his first action, Neymar Jr. as an ambassador of Handicap International sends a message of support to people with disabilities across the world.
  • Handicap International is officially founded in 1982 to respond to the needs of 6,000 Cambodian amputees living in refugee camps along the Thai border.
  • Handicap International (NGO) is headquartered in France and Belgium.
  • The event was followed by a press conference hosted by the United Nations Office in Geneva.


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