Satellite television provider Sky has become embroiled in a dispute with the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) over a dispute around which commentary team access which is seeing the BCCI demand fees of around £500k.
According to a report in the Sunday Times, the BCCI made the unexpected demand from the satellite television broadcaster in order to give Sky access rights and facilities at the grounds where the India vs. England cricket matches are to be played.
Included in the proposed bill is studio space and a commentary box for Sky’s panel of cricket commentators, a scoring monitor, video and audio feeds, and satellite uplinks for the duration of the cricket series.
The digital television broadcaster Sky is reported to be unhappy at the proposed charges, and has told its panel of commentators which includes Nasser Hussain, and Ian Botham that they may not travel to India unless a resolution is found.
The other alternatives for Sky include accepting commentary from the host broadcaster or asking their commentators to commentate outside the ground.
Sky has been no stranger to controversy over the rights to show cricket in India, last year cricket fans missed the first 3 overs of a game which was televised from Hyderabad because of a dispute with the host broadcaster Neo Sports.
Sky recently announced that it has signed a number of cricket deals with cricket boards from Australia, South Africa and India which means that the sports broadcaster will be able to show live England cricket matches up till 2020.
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