Zee Sports had acquired the broadcasting rights for Indian football in 2005 for a period of ten years and had promised to glamourise the game in the country.
However, it is believed that the sports channel has written
to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to review their existing contract
which reportedly amounts to Rs. 274 crore.
It is also learnt that they have allegedly sought a
reduction in the total amount payable to the AIFF as they believe that the game
isn’t attracting as many sponsors as they would have liked.
The letter further states that in case the AIFF comes up
with more football properties in the future, they must be included in the
current deal with the channel.
The AIFF did confirm that Zee Sports had sent in some draft
proposals and that there has been a special committee made to hold discussions
with the channel.
“According to the contract we have with Zee either party can request for
a review of the contract after completing four years. Zee CEO Mr. Goenka
met the AIFF President in-charge (Praful Patel) and requested for a
review. Zee has submitted some draft proposals.
“Mr. Patel has appointed a committee consisting of the following people
to examine the proposals, hold discussions with Zee and report back to him: Mr.
Hardev Jadeja, Mr. Subrata Dutta, Mr. A. R. Khaleel, Mr. Larsing Sawyan and myself,”
said AIFF general secretary, Alberto Colaco.
When contacted, officials from Zee Sports didn’t respond. The channel reportedly
owes the Indian FA large sums of money.