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IPL to remain on SuperSport for 2023 after Viacom18 lands late deal

Indian T20 cricket competition also staying on Sky NZ.

3 April 2023 Rory Jones


South African pay-TV network Super Sport will broadcast the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 2023 season after agreeing a sublicensing deal with Viacom18, the Twenty20 cricket competition’s territorial broadcast partner.


  • Super Sport will air all 74 matches from this year’s IPL, including the playoffs and finals
  • Viacom has also agreed a sublicensing deal with Sky New Zealand to broadcast the IPL in that territory


On 30th March, SuperSport said it would not be extending its IPL rights partnership for this year, releasing a statement that said talks with Viacom18 ‘have unfortunately been unsuccessful’. However, the next day Super Sport confirmed it had struck an agreement after ‘updated conversations’ with the Indian-based media company. Super Sport is the major pay-TV player in South Africa, it has a stake in the new SA20 domestic T20 competition and also air the majority of national team matches.

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The Board of Cricket Control in India’s (BCCI) model for IPL rights sales means that Viacom18 is able to create its own sales distribution process. For 2023 the Paramount-backed venture has largely agreed one-year deals for the IPL’s major overseas markets, meaning it will have to return for talks when next year’s tournament rolls around.

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