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Business News/ Sports / Cricket News/  IPL grew 6.5% to 1.35 trillion this season, at much slower pace than 2023: Report

IPL grew 6.5% to ₹1.35 trillion this season, at much slower pace than 2023: Report

Chennai Super Kings lead in brand and business value in the IPL, despite not making the playoffs in 2024, followed closely by Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Kolkata Knight Riders. The league's ad rates remained stable in 2024, attracting a variety of advertisers and new-age brands.

DC vs MI IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya reacts during the Indian Premier League 2024 cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians at Arun Jaitley Stadium. (PTI)Premium
DC vs MI IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya reacts during the Indian Premier League 2024 cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians at Arun Jaitley Stadium. (PTI)

While the Indian Premier League (IPL) has hit it out of the park this year, its pace of growth has seen a slowdown when compared to the 2023 season.

A new report released on Wednesday by global investment bank Houlihan Lokey, titled IPL Valuation Study 2024, which has evaluated the cricketing league this season both as a business entity and a brand, said its overall business reached $16.4 billion or about 1.35 trillion, up around 6.5% over 2023. This growth was much slower than the 81.7% seen the previous year, when the overall business hit $15.4 billion against $8.5 billion in 2022.

Meanwhile, the league’s standalone brand value also rose by a similar 6.3% in 2024 over the previous year to reach $3.4 billion. It had grown 77% to $3.2 billion in 2023 against $1.8 billion in 2022.

While the league continues to grow, the pace of its growth has slowed considerably in the more recent period. Harsh Talikoti, senior vice president of the corporate valuation advisory services at Houlihan Lokey, told Mint that this could be due to the higher cash flows the IPL was able to generate due to the media rights renewal in 2023. "The league may again see that kind of a jump in 2027 or earlier if it is able to successfully penetrate new markets like the US," he said.  

Team values 

It said there has been a significant increase in franchise revenue over the years, primarily driven by revenue from television rights, despite each team having sponsorship revenue ranging from $5 million to $12 million. A major agreement was signed by Qatar Airways for around $9 million, about 75 crore, for a three-year contract with Royal Challengers Bengaluru. 

Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the most consistent team in the IPL with 12 playoff qualifications and five titles, has a brand value of $231 million, ranking number one in both brand and business value, thanks to fan following, branding, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership, despite failing to make it to the playoffs in 2024. Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) followed with a brand worth $227 million—a team that made the playoffs for the ninth time this year—bolstered by its fan base and Virat Kohli's presence, despite the season's loss in the semi finals to Rajasthan Royals.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), driven by Shah Rukh Khan's power and players like Shreyas Iyer and Andre Russell, has climbed to third place with a brand value of $216 million, benefiting from a business management approach; Mumbai Indians (MI), valued at $204 million, remain a powerhouse with a legacy of nurturing talent like Suryakumar Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, though their brand value faced setbacks due to captaincy changes and on-field performance issues; Rajasthan Royals (RR), capitalizing on young Indian talents and marketing, jumped to fifth place with a brand value of $133 million; Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) followed with $132 million, revitalizing their squad with stars like Pat Cummins; Delhi Capitals (DC) was seventh with $131 million, buoyed by Rishabh Pant's return; Gujarat Titans (GT), struggling with leadership changes and injuries, ranked eighth with a value of $124 million; Punjab Kings (PK) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) rounded out the list with brand values of $101 million and $91 million respectively, reflecting their challenges in achieving on-field success and fan engagement.

But one team saw a drop in performance while other teams grew. Delhi Capitals saw a 1% drop from 2023 to 2024 largely due to its on field performances and sponsors or advertisers placing Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad higher than it. "This was due to these two teams' consistent on field performances as both played an attractive brand of cricket. But Delhi has Rishabh Pant who is expected to be the next big brand in Indian cricket after Kohli and Dhoni so the next few years will be interesting, considering that Dhoni is retiring," Talikoti said when speaking to Mint.

The report said ad rates for television for a 10-second slot remained nearly flat in the 2024 season, too, when compared to 2023, growing 3.1% only. "The IPL is the most coveted asset in cricket. On average, a T20 match will have around 80-100 ad slots placed between overs, innings break, timeouts, and after fall of wickets. Similar to the NFL’s Super Bowl, where new TV commercials are launched every year, advertisers have replicated this model for the IPL in India. This year, advertisers ranging from fantasy apps to FMCG, fintech, banks, and electronics all jumped on the IPL bandwagon by releasing new and innovative TV commercials," the report added. The league has given startups and new-age brands instant reach and eyeballs. These include Dream 11, Fan Craze, Go Slice, and My11Circle, among others. 

The title sponsorship for the IPL, which is with the Tata group, has been extended for a further five years, from 2024 until 2028, for approximately $300 million, or about 2,500 crore, paying approximately 50% more than the previous deal of 335 crore per season. 

Mint recently reported that Viacom18's platform JioCinema reported substantial growth in viewership metrics, with its reach expanding by over 38% to 620 million unique viewers during the IPL season. Reach refers to the total number of unique individuals who accessed the platform to watch IPL content. It experienced a 53% increase in views, totaling 26 billion views. Views count the number of times IPL video content was watched on the platform. The total watch-time also saw a significant rise, reaching over 350 billion minutes.

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Varuni Khosla
Varuni serves as a Senior Assistant Editor at Mint. Her responsibilities encompass crafting compelling narratives that take a deep dive into hospitality companies, the business of art, luxury brands, the intricacies of the business of sports, advertising and marketing landscapes, gaming insights, tourism and travel industry trends. She also covers alcohol commerce. She is skilled at communication, meticulous research, and insightful analysis keeping contemporary shifts and advancements within the lifestyle and business domains at the heart of her work.
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Published: 12 Jun 2024, 04:53 PM IST
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