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CCI tells BCCI to pay Rs 52 crore fine

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Published : Nov 30, 2017, 1:56 am IST
Updated : Nov 30, 2017, 1:56 am IST

CCI has ordered BCCI not to place blanket restriction on organisation of professional domestic cricket league or events by non-members.

This assurance was found in contravention of the provisions of Section 4(1) read with Section 4(2)(c) of the Competition Act, 2002 (Act). (Photo: AFP)
 This assurance was found in contravention of the provisions of Section 4(1) read with Section 4(2)(c) of the Competition Act, 2002 (Act). (Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: The Competition Commission of India has imposed a fine of  Rs 52 crore on Board  of Control for Cricket in India “for indulging in anti-competitive conduct.”

The CCI imposed the fine on BCCI for its assurance to the broadcasters of  the Indian Premier League that the body will not organise or recognise ano-ther professional domestic Indian T20 competition that is competitive to IPL for a sustained period of ten years.

 

This assurance was found in contravention of the provisions of Section 4(1) read with Section 4(2)(c) of the Competition Act, 2002 (Act).

After a detailed investigation, the DG, CCI found that BCCI enjoys a dominant position in the market for holding professional domestic cricket leagues and events in India.

Based on the nature of activities performed, BCCI has been held as an enterprise by CCI and “thus, would come under the purview of the Act.” While recognising the role of sports federation in taking measures to serve the integrity or development of the sport, CCI held that the impugned restriction had no nexus to the legitimate interest of cricket in the country. Rather, the restriction was pursued to enhance the commercial  interest of the bidders of IPL broadcasting rights and the consideration in turn received by BCCI, said CCI.

 

CCI has ordered BCCI not to place blanket restriction on organisation of professional domestic cricket  league or events by non-members.

“This shall, however, not preclude BCCI from stipulating conditions while framing/ modifying relevant rules for approval or while granting specific approvals, that are necessary to serve the interest of the sport.

“Such changes shall entail norms that underpin principles of non-discrimination and shall be applied in a fair, transparent and equitable manner,” said CCI.

It said that BCCI shall issue appropriate clarification regarding the rules applicable for organisation of professional domestic cricket leagues/ events in India, either by members of BCCI or by third parties.

 

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