January 24, 2021

After parting methods with BCCI for IPL 2020, Chinese language agency Vivo quits PKL & Bigg Boss, too

MUMBAI: Chinese language smartphone producer Vivo has determined to stroll out of two extra main title sponsorship offers — the Professional Kabaddi League (PKL) and the ‘Bigg Boss’ actuality present — after parting methods with the cricket board for the 2020 version of the Indian Premier League, folks within the know stated.

Vivo’s deal for PKL was value `60 crore per yr, whereas it paid the Viacom18-owned Colours channel Rs 30 crore for Bigg Boss a season.

“Vivo has determined to lie low amid all of the detrimental publicity the model was producing for the reason that India–China conflict on the border. The corporate has determined to tug out of all the key offers, at the least for this yr, and can deal with promoting merchandise by way of extra retail low cost and commissions,” stated an individual immediately concerned with the deal.

Vivo had signed a five-year deal in 2017 with Star India, valued at round Rs 300 crore, for the PKL title sponsorship. Whereas the 2020 version of the league was cancelled, sources stated Vivo had knowledgeable Star India of its intention to terminate the deal.

The cellphone maker had signed a two-year take care of Colours in 2019 for about Rs 60 crore. The 2020 version of Bigg Boss, the channel’s flagship property, is slated to launch in October, immediately competing with IPL this yr.


E-mail queries despatched to Vivo India, Star India and Viacom18 remained unanswered until press time Thursday.

Vivo has change into one of many largest advertisers in India, courtesy its Rs 2,190 crore IPL title sponsorship take care of the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI). The corporate spends greater than Rs 1,000 crore yearly on advertising and marketing and promotions, which embrace Rs 440 crore to the BCCI and a further Rs 120-150 crore through the IPL.

After the IPL was pushed to September and out of India, Vivo, which was already going through warmth over its Chinese language origin and anti-China sentiments in India, determined to take a seat out of the 13th version of the IPL.

In a one-line assertion, the BCCI and Vivo Cell India stated on Thursday that they’d mutually determined to “pause” their partnership for the 2020 season of the IPL.

“Vivo has realised that by not promoting, however providing higher reductions, it is going to promote extra telephones somewhat than by promoting, which can appeal to public ire,” stated one other individual near the event.

It couldn’t be ascertained if Vivo can even pull out because the presenting sponsor of IPL on Star Sports activities, however sources stated a choice was but to be taken on that.