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I-League Gets a Broadcaster. A Familiar One.

I-League's search for broadcaster is over. It will be familiar foe, Ten Sports Network, that will televise the matches of Hero I-League 2015/16 Season.

The news was announced in I-League's Official Facebook page as well as their Twitter Handle. Though the number of matches that will be televised is still not clear, it is believed that it would be 45 out of 72. They will also be broadcasting Federation Cup matches.

I-League has been in search of a new broadcaster after their three year deal with Ten Sports Network expired last season. AIFF President, Praful Patel had hinted that there were a couple of Channels who were interested in Televising the League.

After Sony Six announced that they will broadcast India's World Cup Qualifier Matches, it was rumoured that they will be vying for I-League matches too as they now have a football centric channel in Sony Kix.

Star Sports, who are partners in Indian Super League, were also rumoured to be interested but in the end it is Ten Sports, who have once again clinch the Television Rights for I-League.

The fans may not be highly enthused with the news as those who have been watching I-League matches on Ten Sports have not been happy with the broadcasting quality as well as the Commentary. The Commentary of I-League matches have mostly been pedestrian and there is a joke among fans that the best way to watch I-League games on TV is on mute. Hope Ten Sports will do a better job this time and bring better experience for the fans.

It is interesting to note that Essel Group which owns Ten Sports Network, also own I-League Club, Mumbai FC. Last Season, Mumbai FC's promotional videos were also aired on Ten Sports.

PICTURE COURTESY: I-League Facebook Page