Rik Dovey, Managing Director, ESPN Star Sports (ESS), has offered to provide production services to BCCI for the forthcoming Indo-Pak cricket series. The offer has been made following doubt over the telecast of the series because of the ongoing proceedings in the Chennai High Court between BCCI and Zee Telefilms Limited.
In a letter to the cricket board, ESS has made a few suggestions. First, ESS will provide production services to BCCI in relation to the Test and One-Day matches in accordance with international standards and at a minimum as required by the BCCI's Invitation to Tender dated August 7, 2004. Second, BCCI will provide to ESS the right to telecast the matches. Third, either the BCCI or ESS will provide to Prasar Bharati (PB) the right to telecast the above matches on terms acceptable to the BCCI. Fourth, ESS will deposit all advertising revenues which it receives following deduction of applicable agency commissions, any costs incurred and fees payable to PB in relation to its telecasts, any applicable taxes and mutually agreed production costs with BCCI. And finally, all figures will be subject to audit by the independent auditors selected by the BCCI and acceptable to ESS.
Dovey has also mentioned that if the suggestion is acceptable to the BCCI then ESS and BCCI should jointly approach the court to authorise the implementation of this solution. ESS has made this offer to ensure that no postponement or cancellation of the series is necessary.