The IPL is not only one of the most watched sports leagues in the world, but also one of the most valuable. The IPL generated 2,3 billion Euro from broadcasting rights for the rights circle from 2018 to 2022, and the new deal from 2023 onwards is expected to more than double this figure once again.
For the upcoming season starting on 26 March, the league has been expanded from eight to ten teams. The Indian Premier League used the Ligalytics scheduling module and drew on more than 15 years of experience of Ligalytics' experts to develop the schedule, which now includes 70 regular-season games plus four additional playoff matchups.
As with other leagues that Ligalytics works with, the aim is to create an interesting fixture list that promises spectators, media partners and sponsors an exciting season. There are so many factors involved in creating the schedule that it would be impossible to get to a satisfactory solution in such a short time with conventional methods.
"We are delighted that we have been able to acquire another top 10 sports league in the world and expanding to cricket as well. This shows that our expansion course is successful and that we continue to be the leading provider of planning systems for professional sports leagues and associations. The biggest leagues and federations in the world in football, basketball, and ice hockey and now also in cricket are using Ligalytics."
says Dirk Zechiel, Co-Founder of Ligalytics.
In addition to the increase, there are also restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the upcoming season. For instance, all 70 matches in the basic round will be played in only four stadiums in Mumbai and Pune and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel which is considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and the League/matches.