IPL 2023: Viacom18, the holders of the digital rights of the Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL 2023), has signed 13 streaming sponsors for the T20 league. It is further significant that the MS Dhoni-backed media house will make all of the tournament matches available to all internet customers for free viewing via the JioCinema app. In contrast, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli-backed Star Sports have roped in fewer sponsors for TV broadcasting.
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The sponsors are Parle, Dream11, TVS, Puma, ET Money, Mondelez, Kamla Pasand, Pepsi, and ITC, according to the sources of Best Media Info.
In addition to these, the media giants have negotiated sponsorship agreements with companies in a variety of industries, including e-commerce, four-wheelers, consumer electronics, and auto accessories.
Viacom18 have also enlisted a number of spot purchasers in addition to sponsors.
Ahead of IPL 2023, Viacom also roped in MS Dhoni as their face while Star Sports got hold of Virat Kohli among several other stars.
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For the Women’s Premier League’s inaugural season, Viacom18 had already signed up Tata Motors, Tata Capital, Hero Vida, Bank of Baroda, MPL Striker, World Gold Council, H&M, JSW Paints, Noise, and Apar Industries as sponsors.
Virat Kohli-backed STAR Sports lacking behind Viacom18 for IPL 2023 sponsors
In contrast, Disney Star, the owner of the TV broadcast media rights, has already secured 11 sponsors and almost 55 brands before the IPL.
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— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) March 17, 2023
Some of the major sponsors, per sources, are Vivo, Airtel, Coke, Asian Paints, Pepsi, Tata, and Dream 11. The 55 new advertisers mostly come from industries like fantasy gaming, beverages, telecom, fintech, insurance, automobiles, online delivery, consumer durables, paints, FMCG, and travel.
Disney Star previously announced plans to broadcast 12 IPL games on its free-to-air (FTA) channel Star Utsav Movies for free in 2023.
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