The second edition of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi is set to commence on July 18, 2015, in Mumbai at the Dome@NSCI SVP Stadium, Mumbai. The inaugural match will be between the champions of the first season, Jaipur Pink Panthers and U Mumba, the premier season’s finalists. The sport will look to build on the success of the first season which saw a record 435 million viewers tune in across the league.
The upcoming season of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi will feature a much deeper pool of national and international players. The squad strength of the teams has been bolstered from 14 members during the inaugural edition to 25 for the second season.
Star Sports Pro Kabaddi will be broadcast in five languages- Kannada, Telugu and Marathi along with English and Hindi, across eight channels of the Star network as well as on hotstar. The game will also reach out to a huge global audience over 100 countries, including viewers in the United States, United Kingdom, Middle East and Latin America.
Nitin Kukreja, Head, Star Sports, said, “At Star, we are committed to reinvent the great Indian sport of Kabaddi and set it in today’s context. The task is to make the game relevant and aspirational for the millions of young and passionate fans across India. Our objective this season is to make Star Sports Pro Kabaddi bigger and better in terms of quality of play, broadcast and reach.”
“This season we will create a place of pride for the National Anthem, one unique feature no other sport has. Every day during the league, we will have eminent personalities and local musicians and bands sing the anthem in a manner that captures the essence of the entire country. Alongside the same, the league will have a social identity as Star Sports Pro Kabaddi pledges its commitment to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan across the eight franchise cities to involve in-stadia audiences, franchise clubs, kabaddi players as well as viewers on TV to participate in keeping their surroundings clean,” Nitin Kukreja added.
On July 18, the opening night, Amitabh Bachchan will render the National Anthem to kick start season 2 of the league.
Highlighting the mushrooming of the local ecosystem for Kabaddi, Janardan Singh Gehlot, President, International Kabaddi Federation, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to see the Kabaddi nurseries of India blooming again. Star Sports Pro Kabaddi has not only revitalized the sport but has also made Kabaddi a viable career option for young talent across the country.”
Star has reiterated its commitment to the sport by renewing the title sponsorship for the second season of the league. Eight leading brands- Bajaj Electricals, Department of Atomic Energy, Flipkart, Mahindra& Mahindra, State Bank of India, Thumbs Up, TVS Motors and VIP Frenchie have signed up as associate sponsors for season 2 of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi.