DSport takes action against IMC over Bangladesh Premier League rights

Indian pay-television broadcaster DSport has taken action against the Impress Matra Consortium for allegedly failing to fulfil a deal agreed for rights to Twenty20 cricket competition the Bangladesh Premier League.

The IndianTelevision.com website said DSport, which is operated by international media and entertainment company Discovery Communications, has served a legal notice against IMC, calling on it to perform its obligations under a deal agreed between the two parties.

In October 2016, IMC acquired global broadcast rights for the BPL, excluding its home territory, for the three seasons spanning 2017 to 2019.

DSport claims it entered into a binding contract on September 22 to sublicense these rights across all platforms for the duration of the three-season agreement.

IndianTelevision said that DSport alleges that IMC has failed to return communications sent following the signing of the deal. DSport is said to have contacted the Bangladesh Cricket Board over the matter, along with warning other broadcasters not to hold talks with any other party over the rights.

A DSport spokesperson confirmed the developments and said they will be taking to the courts in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to take suitable action to protect their rights.

The 2017 BPL, the fifth edition of the competition, is due to commence on November 4.