Interviews

Jan 25, 2019 10:01
Jitendra Joshi SportzConsult

When Gaja Capital, the city-based private equity firm, provided funding Rs 650 million to SportzVillage, the sports and fitness education venture back in October 2015, it would have taken a clairvoyant to predict it would play a part in changing the landscape of amateur sport in India. 

SportzConsult, the sports management arm of SportzVillage, has now teamed up with its new sister company KOOH Sports to launch the world’s first city-level, franchise-based, multi-sports competition - Mumbai Games. Dubbed as ‘Mumbai’s very own Olympics’, it was held from 15 December 2018 through to 20 January 2019.

Nov 12, 2018 14:11
BKT’s joint managing director RAJIV PODDAR

‘CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME’. It is easy to believe that the cliché applies to most companies entering the sports sponsorship arena, starting from their home country, before branching out to the world. However, if there is one Indian company that is taking a different route, it is Balkrishna Tires, better known as BKT Tires.

BKT has made headlines this year for rapidly widening its sports sponsorship gambit from Europe through activations with football leagues in France and Italy, followed by Australia’s premier T20 cricket tournament Big Bash League, and now to the Pro Kabaddi League in India.

Oct 11, 2018 15:10
VARUN TRIPURANENI of Kerala Blasters and VIREN D’SILVA of Tamil Thalaivas

GONE ARE THE DAYS OF cricket holding a monopoly on mind share amongst sports enthusiasts in India. The success of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen the birth of other sporting leagues in the country. The timing has perfectly coincided with the advent of heightened social media conversations and corporate investment in sport, which makes for an interesting story.

Sep 03, 2018 17:09
Indranil Das Blah

THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE of Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City FC has come a long way since working for Mahesh Bhupathi’s Globosport back in 2004. Today, INDRANIL DAS BLAH dons many hats aside from that of founding partner and co-CEO of KWAN, the sports and talent management company that manages the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, Dipika Pallikal, Sania Mirza and Shubman Gill, amongst top Indian sporting stars.
 
One of the bigger hats Blah wears of course is as the man directing the show at Mumbai City FC, owned by Hindi film star Ranbir Kapoor.

Excerpts from an interview with SportzPower’s Dhruv Rupani on what it takes to run a successful football franchise in India. 

Feb 02, 2018 12:02
Sanjay Gupta

It was last September that Star India secured the five-year global media rights to the Indian Premier League with a winning bid of Rs 163.475 billion ($2.55 billion). Just over three months later, in December came the big bang announcement that the Walt Disney Co. had sealed a $52.4-billion all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch's empire.
 
As to the valuation of Fox's Indian arm in the calculation, a credible number that SportzPower has been given is $18 billion or 35 per cent of the whole. As for what Star's sports business accounts for in that calculation, 30 per cent would be within the ball park, an industry observer opines.