Dream11 is new IPL title sponsor with average bid of Rs 234 crore per year

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MUMBAI: Dream 11 have made a winning bid of Rs 230 crore to bag the

Indian Premier League

(

IPL

) title rights. The fantasy sports platform – a start-up pioneered by two Indian entrepreneurs – have made a bid for three years, subject to Vivo’s return next year.

Should Vivo India – the title sponsors who exited the space two weeks ago – come back to the table next year, Dream 11 will have to make way. However, if Vivo do not return as title sponsors, the fantasy sports start-up will continue with the title rights for the next three years starting with the 2020 edition.

It could not be confirmed if Tata Sons, who had expressed interest in the

IPL title rights

and had spiked the interest, came to the bidding table. E-learning start-ups Byju’s and Unacademy could not muster up the numbers either.

In the wake of all the controversy surrounding Chinese investments in Indian sports, especially

cricket

, the BCCI has underlined that “Dream 11, essentially, is an Indian start-up with single-digit Chinese investment that is negligible and can be resolved internally”.

The BCCI is primarily of the view that with a digital platform coming on board, it will boost IPL’s fan engagement that has been lying passive over the last few months, especially due to the Covid19-led slowdown.

TOI can confirm that Tatas were looking to make a “handsome bid” subject to certain conditions. Tatas’ primary objective was to block three categories (different brands under the group) through the tit

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