Season eight of the Pro Kabbadi League (PKL) might have a new broadcast partner as Star Sports’ five-year deal with the League came to an end last year. However, the League’s plan to auction the media rights for the next cycle has been indefinitely postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The clubs were earlier receiving around Rs 6.5 crore per season from broadcast rights, but the franchisees are now eyeing a larger share. “There is absolutely no bad blood; the franchises are just looking out for themselves. The teams invest around Rs 14-15 crore per season but only get close to Rs 6.5 crore in return, which is a 100 percent loss,” said Telugu Titans owner Srinivas Sreeramaneni.   

“The franchises have invested a significant amount of money over the last six years and want to stop bleeding now. The costs have gone up – player fees, number of matches, travel…

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