08 Aug

German sports apparel and footwear major Puma could be the frontrunner for the Indian cricket team’s kit sponsorship rights while rival Adidas could also enter the fray.

It is not certain whether Nike would re-bid after refusing BCCI’s scaled down bid offer from their Rs 370 crore ($49.3m) (plus Rs 30 crore ($4m royalty), which they paid from 2016 to 2020.

 “I can confirm you that Puma has bought the ITT (Invitation to Tender) document worth Rs 1 lakh ($1333). While buying bid document doesn’t mean one is bidding, Puma has shown genuine interest in submitting a bid,” a senior BCCI official told Times of India.

It is understood that Adidas too has shown interest but whether it will be bidding for the sponsorship rights is still not known. Even though some feel that the German giant could independently bid for merchandise products, which will be a separate tender.

Selling of exclusive merchandise products depends on how many exclusive stores a company has along with the point of sales (shops that sells your company’s products).

While Puma has over 350 exclusive stores, Adidas has more than 450 outlets which makes these two companies the most sought after.

“Don’t be surprised if the new rights holder pays something around Rs 200 crore ($26.7m) for a five-year deal which will be significantly less than what Nike paid during previous term,” a senior industry veteran explained.

Puma has had an increased interest in the Indian market over the years especially through the Indian Premier League, but now it also has India captain Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador along with KL Rahul.

The BCCI in its new bid has kept a base price of Rs 61 lakh ($81,333) per match compared to the Rs 88 lakh ($117,333) during the last cycle.

John Stephenson


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