A lot is being said about IPL nowadays so I thought why not join the bandwagon. After all, IPL which was supposed to be a mix of cricket and glamour, has instead become a topic taking black money, conflict of interests, match fixing, abuse, molestations too into its fold.
As is the case (discussed in one my earliest post as well) that those who run the IPL i.e. organizers (IPL committee), the regulators (read BCCI but don’t ask me if they are too different from the IPL committee) and the sponsors (including the advertisers, broadcasters and team owners) are too intertwined and thus this combination has become just “Too big to fail”.
Given the existing fate of the sports bill tabled by Mr. AjayMaken, I am not too hopeful that there is any magic wand that the government can wave to clean the mess. In fact my only hope is the audience now. If you look at the diagram accompanying this blog, the diamond shaped stakeholders (I haven’t named them so that you go through the text of the blog as well) are the spectators including the TV as well as the stadium ones.
The spectators, a disaggregated lot right now, can be united once they have conclusive evidence whether IPL is a hard-fought cricket battle or a WWE-like show, and the results will start showing in the form of TRPs. Of course revelations every now and then, about behind-the-scene happenings too will expedite the fall as the cartel at the top might get weakened but the tipping point will be the audience interest. Thus the "audience interest" is the only hope as far as cleaning the “IPL mess” is concerned.
I recall my strategy prof. referring to IPL being an example of dynamic equilibrium as the power centre in this set up keeps changing as every stakeholder has different goal in sight. I think, he is still right but given the state of cartelization in IPL, that equilibrium may remain static till the “janta” rises i.e. Jab ye public jaan jaaegi.
So the message is, “The market forces will decide”.