T20 Global League Live Streaming
We are less than two months away from the first ball in the first ever T20 Global League but the biggest question on everyone’s lips still is how to watch the GL T20 on TV and live streaming online? And this is not just important from the fans’ point of view but also given that the sustainability of the GL T20 could be dependent on the money they make off the TV broadcasting, online and other media rights.
Now that the Global League T20 franchise owners and the cities, along with the schedule has been announced, the TV & online rights bidding will now be bid for and it will be interesting to see what are the options that the Cricket South Africa have, competing for those rights.
There are two main sports channels in South Africa, which could both be in line for a bidding process, SABC and SuperSport. SABC is a state broadcaster which means it could well be in line to broadcast a few of the games of the Global League in conjunction with SuperSport TV, with the commentary in Afrikaans.
The other outside options are eTV, another free-to-air TV channel in Africa, who have won cricket rights once before in the early 2000s and Kwese-ESPN.
On the other hand, foreign broadcaster like the TEN Network, who have now teamed up with ESPN & Sony, could well be in line to get the overseas rights of the Global League T20.
One of the problems of having just one main TV broadcaster is the obvious lack of competition and as a result, a lowering of the bids. What could add to the price is the presence of Bollywood stars like Shah rukh Khan and Preity Zinta, both of whom have franchises in the league.
Latest report suggest that Haroon Lorgat, the CSA CEO, was in Mumbai to try and rope in a broadcaster, but not too much has been revealed.
Of course, all of this is mere speculation and we will know more on how to watch the GLT20 live on TV closer to the start of the competition. The tournament starts in November and will be played over around a month (and the schedule can be found here).
What will be even more interesting is if the Cricket South Africa sell internet streaming rights of the Global League T20 separately or as a combined package with the TV rights.
Because given the manner in which things have gone in recent times, it could well be a case of the board earning as much from the global internet live streaming and highlights rights as they would from their TV broadcasting sale.
Some of the cricket T20 tournaments around the world like the Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League & the Pakistan Super League in its first ever edition, were all streamed for free at bet365.
Of course you need to make a basic deposit like US$ 10, which can then be withdrawn or used to bet if you want, but it remains to be seen whether the GDL T20 will also go down that route.
As soon as we have any more information on this and on how you can watch the T20 Global League on TV & live streaming online, we will update it here.