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So you religiously follow every season of the IPL. But, do you remember when and why the IPL was started? If you do, congratulations! You possess a quality that is vital for becoming a true fan, i.e. a good memory. If you don’t, here’s a bit of trivia to refresh your memory.
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Like every famous sporting event, the IPL too has been dogged with its fair share of controversies. From scams to suspensions to unceremonious on-field brawls, the IPL gives us a steady stream of scandalous events to gossip about. Let’s take a look at the ones that incited maximum furore.
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The IPL prides itself on introducing a lot of firsts. For the first time, Indian cricket got a taste of the American, franchise-system based style of hiring players. Initially, it was a little unsettling for devout Indian team fans to see their favourite players from the same team go head-to-head on the field.
The IPL was also the first sporting event in India to introduce the concept of cheerleading. Many were fascinated, and many were mortified. But, cheerleading surely did give everyone a lot to talk about. When the more conservative sections of our society began expressing concerns over the dresses worn by these Pardesi hotties, many teams switched to dressing their cheerleaders in ethnic wear, like the Pune Warriors’ ‘Cheer Queens.’
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The IPL is also one of the most expensive sporting events. In 2008, Sony paid $1 billion for the broadcasting rights over a ten-year period. In 2013, Pepsi paid close to $72 million to be the official sponsors of the event. Apart from this, every season, millions of dollars are exchanged between owners and players in a bid to capitalize on talent and create a strong team.
Lastly, the IPL enjoys so much popularity that in 2010, it became the first sporting event to be broadcast live on YouTube!
Hope you enjoyed these little bits of IPL trivia. Keep watching the IPL and supporting your favourite team!
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