BPL T20 rights land in legal soup
After the T20 global league fiasco it seems another T20 league is in a mess albeit of a different kind. DSport (the sports channel from the Discovery Networks stable) has served a legal notice on the Impress Matra Consortium. The IMC were appointed as the reselling agent for global rights (excluding Bangladesh) of the BPL T20 2017-2019.
According to DSport, they entered into a conclusive and binding contract with the IMC for the global media rights (all forms) excluding Bangladesh for 3 years 2017-2019 on 22.09.2017.
In a legal notice served on the Impress Matra Consortium, DSport calls upon IMC to perform its obligations under the binding contract entered by it with DSport on 22.09.2017.
DSport alleges that the IMC members have gone incommunicado after entering into the agreement and are not returning calls or responding to email communication. DSport has thereafter served them with a notice with a time deadline and says it plans to move courts in several jurisdictions to restrain IMC from dealing with any other party in respect to these rights.The BCB has also been served with a copy of the Notice.
It is reported that DSport has also sent cautionary notices to parties across the globe asking them not to deal with any other party in respect of these rights.
DSport has also gone to the extent of writing to the CEO of the Bangladesh Cricket Board as well as the Chairman of the BPL governing council appraising them of the conduct of their franchisee and has asked them to intervene in the matter.
When contacted a Dsport spokesperson confirmed the developments and said they will be moving courts in Dhaka over the next couple of days to take suitable action to protect their rights. We have approached Impress Matra Consortium for their side of the story and are yet to hear from them.
We hope this saga of the BPL T20 will have a happier ending as compared to that of the T20 Global League.
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