division bench of the court, comprising the Board of Control
for Cricket in India, DC Bhandari, and justice DY Chandrachud,
made this observation in response to Zee Telefilms Ltd''s
counsel Harish Salve''s arguments that no broadcaster is
completely involved in the production of live cricket,
including ESPN-Star Sports.
Chandrachud told Salve that such a line of argument would
render both the contending parties, ESPN-Star Sports and
Zee Telefilms, ineligible to bag the rights to broadcast
arguments were in response to the point raised earlier
by Iqbal Chagla, counsel for ESPN-Star Sports, that Zee
had failed to fulfil the eligibility criteria as laid
down in the bid tender of BCCI.
explained that although ESPN-Star Sports has been broadcasting
live cricket matches, it had not been involved in the
production of these matches barring the Asia Cup for which
it produced and telecast the matches. For most other matches
telecast by ESPN-Star Sports, the production had been
carried out by Trade Mark, TWI, World Sport Nimbus, Sunset
He also said there was a lacuna in the bid of ESPN-Star
Sports. "If ESPN-Star Sports had entered into co-production
in many of the cricket matches, it has not mentioned the
terms of co-production in the bid documents," he
to Salve, Zee has been "successfully" telecasting
live cricket matches internationally as a licensee. Zee
has a presence in 88 countries. According to him, the
tender document had specified the condition that bidding
entities should have own existing in-house production,
telecasting units, channel network and have successfully
telecast matches of international standard for at least
said this was the first time a home-grown Indian broadcasting
company had bid for cricket rights. "India is the
largest commercial market for cricket in the world and
80 per cent of resources come from India," he told
ESPN-Star Sports has had the major share of cricket telecast,
Zee has also been telecasting live cricket matches by
obtaining signal from the main rights owner.
said that BCCI had indicated it has no problem with Zee''s
bid and as Zee has emerged as the highest bidder, the
rights should be granted to Zee.
Chagla contended SAB TV''s point that ESPN-Star Sports
is a foreign entity by saying that Zee Telefilms also
had its offices in the US and the UK. SAB TV had filed
an intervention application on this petition on Thursday.
which was to take up arguments after ESPN-Star Sports,
has sought some time. Supreme Court lawyer KK Venugopal
is expected to argue for BCCI on Monday.