Commission agents

February 19 2010

The television rights for 20-20 IPL cricket have gone to Sony TV. It is perhaps the most important aspect in the history of sport that officially a service charge has been levied for the grant of telecast rights and this tax is not a pittance but Rs 400 crores which has gone
to some WSG company. One has heard of kickbacks in defence deals but in the history of cricket it is the first time that a commission has been charged in the name of service charge. When Lalit Modi was asked about this in Goa, his reply was that Sharad Pawar’s son-in-law
Sadanand Sule was doing the mediation for the IPL rights and so this question should be put to him. `Despite you, the loot has taken place, how am I to believe you were not involved.’

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