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Disney Star And Zee Entertainment Ink A Deal To For TV rights Of ICC Men’s tournaments
By CricShots - Aug 30, 2022 7:09 pm
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Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) on August 30 announced that they have managed to make a strategic agreement with Disney Star by way of which it will gain licensing of the television broadcasting rights of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Men’s and Under 19 (U-19) global events for a period of four years.

Disney Star
Disney Star

The development comes just days after Disney Star won the bid of broadcast rights of all ICC events for a four-year deal from 2024 to 2027 for the Indian market. As per PTI reports, in an official statement, the company said, “Disney Star is paying around $3 billion for the rights. Disney Star will continue to be the exclusive home for streaming of all ICC tournaments through its digital platform – Disney+ Hotstar. ICC has in-principle approved this arrangement.”

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They further added, “This association enables ZEE to be the exclusive television rights holder of ICC men’s events, including the coveted ICC Men’s T2o World Cup (2924, 2926), ICC Men’s Champions Trophy (2025), and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup (2027) along with key ICC U-19 events.”

Disney Star
Disney Star and Zee share the ICC media rights

Commenting on the agreement, Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, ZEEL, said, “This is a first-of-its-kind partnership in the Indian media & entertainment landscape, and this association with Disney Star reflects our sharp, strategic vision for the sports business in India.”

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He further added, “As a one-stop television destination for ICC men’s cricket events until 2027, ZEE will leverage the strength of its network to offer a compelling experience for its viewers and a great return on investment for its advertisers… We look forward to working with ICC and Disney Star, to enable this strategic offering for our television viewers in India.”

Apart from bagging media rights for all ICC cricket in India, Disney Star also holds the television rights for IPL (2023-27), television and digital rights for Cricket Australia (2023-2030), television and digital BCCI rights (2023) and television and digital rights for Cricket South Africa (end of 2023-2024). 

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