EXCLUSIVE: Caribbean Premier League puts global media rights out to tender

Cricket’s Caribbean Premier League has issued an invitation to tender for the domestic and international media rights to the Twenty20 series for three seasons, from 2014 to 2016.

The winning bidder must guarantee free-to-air coverage throughout the Caribbean.

For the inaugural league season, from July 30 to August 24 2013, the Caribbean Premier League appointed the IMG Media agency to handle its media rights distribution and television production, and to advise on the commercial exploitation of the competition.

The 2013 tournament received broadcast coverage in several territories outside the Caribbean. These included: the US (ESPN); the UK (BT Sport); Africa (SuperSport); India (Sony Entertainment TV); Australia (Fox Sports); and New Zealand (Sommet TV).

The tournament is played between six franchise teams: Antigua Hawksbills, Barbados Tridents, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Jamaica Tallawahs, St Lucia Zouks and the Trinidad Red Steels. It is divided into a round-robin stage and a knockout stage. The 2014 league is scheduled to take place between July 10 and August 17. The franchise-based system replaced the inter-island format that had existed since the T20 competition began in 2010.

Bids must be submitted by December 19. The television production contract will be tendered at a later date.