Right, so greatbong was live on Yorker today. Tomorrow, it’s just me, and Tejaswi and other in-house personnel.
Open thread, folks — post your questions, and we’ll get a jump start on the show tomorrow.
“… the BCCI, they have a direct interest as owners of teams, as people who have a direct benefit from it [IPL] and this is something very dangerous,” Gill said. “They have also used the rules against another rival league [ICL]. But the controlling body has to be for India, for cricket for the long term. It has to be totally uninvolved.”
Bang on, Minister. So what do you think you can do about it, given that most state associations are run by politicians of various hues, and the central board is dominated by heavyweight politicians, literally and figuratively?
Here’s a suggestion: rethink BCCI’s status as a “society”; revoke the tax exemption — that is, or should be, a privilege of genuine non-profits, no? Since the BCCI and its offspring are clearly profit-making bodies, why should it be treated differently from any other corporation? Similarly, it currently gets its grounds for ridiculously low rentals, again in keeping with its non-profit status. Begin charging market rates, and pump those tax dollars and other earnings to the cause of improving the infrastructure for other sports, why don’t you?