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IPL bans websites from covering its Twenty20 cricket competition

Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket competition created by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has banned websites like Rediff.com and CricInfo.com from covering the cricket event.

IPL has decreed that websites can cover pre-match and post-match press conferences, but their reporters and photographers will not be allowed into the press box when the actual matches are on.

Indian Premier League, a Twenty20 cricket competition created by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has banned websites like Rediff.com and CricInfo.com from covering the cricket event.

IPL has decreed that websites can cover pre-match and post-match press conferences, but their reporters and photographers will not be allowed into the press box when the actual matches are on.

Websites have also been told not to upload any pictures of the tournament, and news agencies have been banned from selling pictures to websites. However, newspapers have been allowed by IPL to put up pictures of the cricket event on their websites. [Source: Rediff]

Update

According to IPL, websites are being barred from covering the cricket event as it has sold the right to a US-based internet company. “We have not allowed online usage only because we have sold the portal rights of the event to a respected company based in North America for $50 million. We can’t disclose the company’s name at the moment as they are in the process of getting listed,” I S Bindra, a member of the IPL’s governing council, has said. [Source: Rediff]

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