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Entertainment broadcaster SET Max is set to repeat mesmerising election-day television coverage. Only this time, it will be for the results of an upcoming auction of cricket stars for the ten-franchise Indian Premier League season 4 (IPL-4) . The 18-hour marathon starting Saturday will telecast the bids for over 350 players, with Gaurav Jain providing sound bites from team owners. The auction will be followed by a special studio-based wrap-up show hosted by Samir Kochchar. On both days, a star-studded team of cricket analysts and Test stars like Ayaz Menon, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Arun Lal will take viewers through the rules and regulations of the IPL and the auction. :cantstop: Besides, the channel will present analysis of the auctions, interviews with team owners and eminent guests during the lunch and tea breaks. Media planners say that with about 180 minutes of advertising space on sale, the channel has already hiked its advertising rates for the programme to around Rs 30,000 for a ten-second spot — three times a normal daytime slot. Sudha Natrajan, president & chief executive officer, Lintas Media Group, said: “There would be a lot of viewer interest in the auction. IPL is India’s most successful sporting property and a lot of viewers would be tuning in to watch which franchise would pick up their favourite players.†Planners say due to its association with cricket, film stars and glamour (Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Preity Zinta are all team owners), they expect TRPs to be high. “We expect TRPs to be around 0.7-1.0, which is good considering it is a long programme. Good Test matches in which India plays like in South Africa give TRPs of 1,†adds Natrajan. However, other planner says SET Max is negotiating with its IPL-4 advertisers — they include Micromax Mobile, Samsung and LG — a pitch that would make them part of the auction broadcast on payment of a bit more. “It is an interesting property and, if it can be sustained, would be something that more companies could take advantage of next year,†said a media planner, who has been approached by SET Max. While SET Max won’t talk, it is believed that Vodafone has been roped in as a sponsor, while others that have taken spots include Procter & Gamble and Karbonn Mobile. Samsung executives said they are still in talks with the channel. SET Max, which has the broadcast rights to IPL-4 matches, is expecting to cash in on the great auction jamboree. Says Rohit Gupta, head of sales at SET Max: “Since it is a two-day event, we are not roping in sponsors, but are selling spots. The response so far has been very good and we are close to finalising the deals.†This is the first time that the channel will telecast the IPL auction live.

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I wouldn't mind catching part of the action, just to see how much tamasha our BCCI babus can manage to display. :giggle: I have seen bits and pieces of the US NBA and NFL player drafts and would be interesting to compare and contrast.

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I am looking forward to paki players finding no takers. If they do' date=' I wont watch or follow the IPL.[/quote'] Seriously, are they part of the auctioned players? I thought they are not the Part of auction this year.

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It was quite obvious that the BCCI/IPL did not want the Pakistani players in the IPL right from season 2 in South Africa. Last year, they were in the auction pool but no franchise picked them due to a mutual decision beforehand most likely. This year, they could not have been more blatant about their intentions and removed them totally out of the auction process. Btw, last year's auction was broadcast on youtube... I dont think we can see it there this time around or can we? And when does it start? In about 6-7 hours?

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ok' date=' then look for links like the rest of us. :icflove:[/quote'] I asked the admin of cricket-365 if they will be telecasting sony max, but that jabroni didn't care to reply :whack: BTW, I remember watching last year's auction on NDTV but that was when there were fewer broads (70?) on sale. I'm not sure if they will telecast an auction that would run for 9hrs. Maybe, they would for the first hour or so.

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Ludh, auction will start at 10am IST..in about nine hours time. No live broadcast on YouTube.
Thanks, auctions are always fun
Is it live on NDTV? I can't get any online links for SMax so far :sniffle:
links would probably pop up once it starts cnn ibn usually give updates - not sure if they'll show every bit of it http://ibnlive.in.com/livetv

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IPL 2011 : The auction circus The long and the short of it On Jan 8 & Jan 9; 11.00a.m to 6.00 pm 10 IPL Teams : Each franchise can have on its books a maximum of 30 players including no more than ten overseas players. Finance: Each franchise has an auction purse of $9 million, less what they have already spent on retaining players. 305 overseas cricketers will battle for 95 foreign slots 48 Indians for 200+ slots 27 Top bracket (Marquee) players to be auctioned first AB de Villiers, Tillkaratne Dilshan, Gautam Gambhir, Mahela Jayawardene, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Taylor, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist, Kumar Sangakkara, Rohit Sharma, Graeme Smith, Andrew Symonds, Cameron White, Johan Botha, Chris Gayle, VVS Laxman, Brendon McCullum, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Sreesanth, Robin Uthappa Daniel Vettori. Let the circus begin :cheer:

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indian players are expected to go for higher bids than their foreign counterparts primarily due to the demand-supply imbalance 305 overseas cricketers will battle for 95 foreign slots 48 Indians for 200+ slots Indian players are guaranteed to feature for the entire tournament plus they fill 7 slots in the playing 11. So most team will look for bagging the best indians out there (who arent that many) and possibly pump in a lesser amount of money for bagging foreing players who are available in larger numbers. And since you could possibly play only 4 foreign players at once, the scramble for that top foreign player may not not be as much as for an Indian player. But you would never really know would you? If I were a franchise owner i would go hell for leather after Yusuf Pathan and possibly Uttappa :hmmm: The irritating bit about T20 is that you are never too sure who would perform and who would fail and so you wouldnt be sure if u should go all out to bag a particular player

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