The very first soccer league in India has been born, but not without a slight hiccup. Investors in what is now being dubbed the Indian Super League had plans to kick off the season by January of 2014 and end in March 2014. The league would continue later in the year after a short break. However, after a meeting between the All India Football Federation, its investors Reliance, IMG, and broadcasting company Star India, they decided to postpone the start of the season in September to the November window. IMG-R released a statement Sunday explaining,
Keeping in view of the various key factors, including scheduling conflicts with the I-League and non-availability of stadium in Goa due to delay in Lusofonia Games – the committee has unanimously decided to launch the Indian Super League on a permanent window of September to November starting from year 2014.
The new league planned to have eight inaugural teams that will be bought through auction next month with a base price of $406 million (R 25 billion) per franchise. Rights to broadcast league games is priced at $244 million (R 15 billion) for a 10-year deal. CEO of Star India, Uday Shankar, said,
India is hungry for its second sport. For far too long, the Indian sports fan has waited for this revolution. Our objective is nothing short of creating a movement around football in India. We want to put India on the global map.
Similarly to MLS, the league hopes to add one marquee player to each franchise and teams will share revenue.