BPL media rights: DSport initiates legal proceedings

BPL media rights: DSport initiates legal proceedings- InsideSport

DSport has decided to take the legal route to protect its Bangladesh Premier League media rights. The Discovery Network-owned sports channel has served a legal notice on the Impress Mattra Consortium, media rights syndication agency for the BPL T-20 global rights ( excluding Bangladesh) for the 2017-2019 cycle.

DSport has alleged that they had entered into a conclusive and binding contract with the IMC for the BPL T-20 global media rights (excluding Bangladesh) for the  2017-2019 period. The deal was closed on September 22. DSport further alleges that IMC had stopped communicating with the broadcaster thereafter.

The legal notice calls upon IMC to perform its obligations under the binding contract. Insidesport is in possession of a copy of the legal notice, served in Bangladesh by the DSport attorneys Tanjib Alam & Associates.

A copy of the notice is also served to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the league owners.

DSport alleges that “the IMC members have gone incommunicado after entering into the agreement and are not returning calls or responding to email communication.” The broadcaster had now served them with the notice with a deadline to respond.

The broadcaster, it is reliably learnt is planning to move courts in several jurisdictions to restrain IMC from dealing with any third party in respect to these rights.

DSport has also sent cautionary notices to parties across the globe, asking them not to deal with any other party in respect of these rights.

DSport has also written to the CEO of the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the BPL governing council chairman, appraising them of the conduct of their agency and asked them to intervene in the matter.

A Dsport spokesperson had confirmed to the insidesport.co the developments and plans to move the appropriate court in Dhaka over the next couple of days to protect their rights.