Set Max, ESPN in race to draw advertisers for IPL, World Cup

Set Max, ESPN in race to draw advertisers for IPL, World Cup

New Delhi: As India prepares for two mega cricket events -- IPL and the World Cup-- next year, the race between broadcasters Set Max and ESPN to rope in advertisers is hotting up.

Despite the fact that a world cup tournament happens every four years only, the T20 league is emerging as a favourite among media planners, with Set Max that will show IPL from 8 April onwards is signing up with ten sponsors.

ESPN, the official broadcaster of the World Cup that will be held in the sub-continent from 19 February to 2 April, on the other hand has finalized five sponsors so far.

Both the broadcasters claimed to have already sold out about 50% of their advertising inventories.

“IPL has become really a big from viewership point of view. It is a costlier property as it is a game of demand and supply. While an IPL match has 20 overs, a World Cup match is spread across 50 overs, so obviously the demand for IPL is much higher," ZenithOptimedia, senior vice-president Naveen Khemka told PTI.

IPL is expected to generate more revenues for Multi Screen Media (MSM) which owns Set Max, both from sponsorships and advertisements.

“The format generates more interest from advertisers as the viewership is expected to be more than the World Cup that has only six guaranteed India matches," Mindshare managing partner (entertainment sports partnerships) Hiren Pandit said.

As per industry estimates, Set Max is charging above Rs5 lakh for a ten second spot during IPL matches, while ESPN is currently at Rs3.5 lakh for the same.

“We are very happy with the way things are going. ESPN is hoping to rope in a total of around 10 sponsors going forward," ESPN Indian senior director communications and business development Rathindra Basu said.

ESPN expects to garner Rs700 crore from the World Cup tournament.

Buoyed by the high interest levels, Set Max is also talking to a few more companies at present. “We are in talks with some more people who are willing to associate with IPL, but will add only one more sponsor to the list of existing ten," MSM president (network sales) Rohit Gupta said.

Gupta said MSM hopes to earn around 20% more revenues from season four of the league as compared to IPL3. MSM is understood to have raked in around Rs750 crore from last season’s IPL.

Sponsors, which have signed up with ESPN for the World Cup are Sony, Nokia, Pepsi, Maruti Suzuki and Philips. IPL’s list includes Vodafone, Videocon, Samsung, Godrej, LG, Hyundai, Pepsi, Tata Photon, Cadbury and Havells.