Corruption will bring down the Indian Premier League

The Indian Premier League in cricket has extremely quickly become one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world, easily the biggest in cricket. However Lalit Modi the IPL commissioner and creator of the league is being investigated for corruption. The Indian cricked board needs to be able to stem the rising crisis in the sport if cricket, and particularly the IPL itself is to regain its credibility which may well hit revenues.

Corruption will bring down the Indian Premier League

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Allegations will discourage sponsors

The allegations that the $4.2bn franchise is facing due to its lack of transparency with finances have dragged in bug names such as Sony and Google. This will not encourage new investors to invest in the franchise next year and they are necessary with 2 new teams suspected to join the league. Of these two teams one is reported to have offered an junior foreign minister a free stake. This sort of nepotism and corruption will not attract sponsors to the team as they would risk spoiling their reputations if any more dodgy deals were uncovered.

42 million viewers tuned into this years tournament and nearly as many watched the final even after the scandal was revealed. 42 million viewers are a lucrative attraction for any sponsor, corruption or no corruption. The IPL is an exciting tournament involving players from all over the world and whilst it maintains its entertainment factor and high viewing figures sponsors will always be attracted.

Corruption will bring down the Indian Premier League

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The chairman has been suspended

Modi the chairman has been suspended and he was one of the founders of the league. Although the IPL may survive without him, will it be the same without one of its most influential figures? Fans have been pictured burning his photo and their disgust for the chairman could spill over to contempt for the IPL in general. A man was also accused of placing bets on behalf on Modi amid allegations of match fixing. Will people really be interested in watching the games if it turns out to be true that Modi and up to 27 unnamed players have been fixing the results?

In an attempt to fight the allegations surrounding him Modi promised via twitter to reveal the men who 'tried to bring disrepute to the game'. With the credibility of the franchise already in tatters this big reveal may be the final blow.

Corruption will bring down the Indian Premier League

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Players may not want to be involved

Many of the players were signed on three year contracts which are set to expire at the end of the year, and therefore will not be valid next season. After 27 unnamed players have been accused of match fixing in reports and Sachin Tendulkar faced an anxious wait before being cleared of any wrongdoing before the final will players be encouraged enough by the lucrative pay deals to forget the effects that being involved in the scandal will have on their reputation?

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