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20 Sri Lanka J. Int'l L. 81 (2008)
The IPL-ICL Spat: Time to Revisit through the Lense of Anti-Trust Law

handle is hein.journals/sljinl20 and id is 385 raw text is: (2008) 20 (No.2) Sri Lanka JIL 81

THE IPL-ICL SPAT: TIME TO REVISIT THROUGH
THE LENSES OF ANTI-TRUST LAW
RahulRishi *
Kumar Raj **
ABSTRACT
Cricket has become a phenomenon in the sub-continent. India too has
witnessed the wave of sports commercialization especially with regard
to cricket.
The BCCI is the supreme governing body that administers the
functioning of cricket in India. In fact it is a private body registered
under the Tamil Nadu Societies Act. It is the (financial) clout that
BCCI enjoys in the sub-continent that it rakes in profits, in thousands
of crores, every yearfrom sponsors. With the advent of Indian Premier
League (IPL), BCCI has entirely corporatized the game of cricket in
India. But with the commencement of the ICL (Indian Cricket League)
an effort has been made to disrupt the monopoly status of the BCCI
and the T20 format is, now, not without its share of market resistance
and politics among the rival governing bodies of cricket
administrators. However, the existing, and in fact, the biggest market
player i.e. the BCCI, continues to have & enjoy market clout or
dominance to influence competition among leagues, players and
broadcasters and regulate the activities of cricket professionals.
The central idea of this paper is to highlight the anti-competitive
issues relating to cricket in India. Emphasis has also been made upon
the aspects of sport operations by the BCCI that are inherently anti-
competitive with the Competition Act, 2002 with regard to the status
of dominant position that the BCCI enjoys and tends to abuse. The
paper begins by analyzing the functional mechanism of BCC. Then it

* B.Sc., LL.B., 4th yr., Gujarat National Law University
* * B.A., LL.B., 4th yr., Gujarat National Law University

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