IPL has got a new meaning for Indians these days-Indian Presidential League. With Pratibha Patil retiring this July, hunt for the next ‘first citizen of India’ is on. The latest turn of event is no less than a Bollywood movie. It has X-factor enough to beat any reality show and has enough ‘masala‘ and content to attract any Indian Audience.
Most of you who ever tuned in to Set Max since 4th May, must have noticed the IPL 5 matches underway; everyday different team battling for the crown. But what didn’t change right from day 1 was the empty stands mocking at the latest edition of Indian Premiere League. Target Rating Point(TRP) of IPL-5 has touched an all time low in the past couple of weeks. While organizers would love to pass on the blame to excessive cricket being played coupled with one sided matches, WakeIndiaNow brings to you the real reason for ever depleting viewership.
IPL has got a new meaning for Indians these days-Indian Presidential League. With Pratibha Patil retiring this July, hunt for the next ‘first citizen of India’ is on. The latest turn of event is no less than a Bollywood movie. It has X-factor enough to beat any reality show and has enough ‘masala‘ and content to attract any Indian Audience. Though Pranav Mukherjee seems to have a clear edge, others like Ansari and Kalam are also not far behind. With every party popping out its own candidate for the post, this surely seems to go down the wire till the last minutes unlike IPL 5 matches.
Anurag Sharma a die hard follower of IPL till its 4th edition has suddenly turned a blind eye to it, talking to WIN, he says-“Why should I even watch that crap, when I have a better IPL to watch. It is better because
1. It is free, I don’t have to pay for tickets. I don’t even have to pay to cable operators, I can watch it on DD National and DD News
2. There is no strategic time out hereD
3. No breaks, this IPL goes on and on ..24*7
4. No foreigners, all players are from my country itself “
As per top sources, even Set Max is struggling to recover its $918 million that it had paid for acquiring broadcasting rights. They are even considering the option to switch to this brand new IPL. The CEO, Sony Media said-“IPL has been redefined and we are at the receiving end. We have invested so much, its depressing to see viewers glued on to news channels, even when we have so much to offer. “
Rajeev Shukla is the common link between the two IPLs. He is the chairman of Indian Premier League. And being Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, he is also a major stake holder in this Indian Presidential League. Rumors are rife that he has submitted a proposal to his party president suggesting ways to monetize the 1st edition of Presidential League. As per exclusive documents procured by WIN, his proposal includes inviting bids for broadcasting rights of this league.