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March 28, 2008 / lazybug

F$@% Neo Sports

Neo Sports is the worst sports channel to have ever gone on air. Yes, even worse than those good for nothing religious channels.

I am yet to come across a sports channel that is so arrogant about what it’s got on its side: TV rights to all the international cricket being played in India.
Neo had been sharing feed for the ODIs being played in India with DD. Not that it was any good since watching cricket on DD meant listening to commentary that would make a deaf man run for his life. We cricket fans are made of strong ears, so, we tolerate anything for a good day’s game. But the sleuths at DD decided to test our resilience again. This time, they declared the India-SA test series as not an event of national importance.Who gives a damn about an event being of national importance or not? It’s a cricket match for god’s sake, can’t there be a sane head somewhere in Neo Sports that understands that a cricket match that does not reach the desired TV audience is not a good idea?

Sharing or not sharing of feed with DD apart, what stops Neo Sports from cracking a deal with DTH and Cable TV operators? These are the kind words a lady named Amrita Pai at Neo Sports has for us:

“Even though DD is not telecasting it, we have given our feeding to subscribers of Tata Sky services.”

Hello, Amrita auntie, what makes you think that every household in India has a Tata Sky connection?

Sigh…I hate Neo Sports. It’s a sad thing that nothing can be done about it for at least another few years.



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  1. Chittaranjan / Mar 28 2008 7:37 pm

    Get Tata Sky then 😛

    “Sour Grapes” aside, cricket telecast has become a multi-million dollar business nowadays. There are 6+ channels (ESPN, SS, 10S, SetMax, SAB, Neo, ZeeS) that telecast all the cricket from around the world. Ideally, a die-hard cricket fan would want all those channels made available for him but it comes at a price. As long as the MSO’s, Cable Ops etc are not willing to pay that price, the viewers gotta suffer. No other way….

  2. Chittaranjan / Mar 28 2008 7:39 pm

    😆 @ “we have given our feeding”

  3. Ottayan / Mar 29 2008 12:55 am


    I think it was the SC which declared that the current series was not of national importance.

    Two things:
    1.Why doesn’t DD bid for cricket broadcasting rights?

    2. I am sure tomorrow when India is on the verge of beating SA, there will be a PIL filed asking the match to be considered as one of national importance. Lets hope for that. 🙂

  4. Xyz / Mar 29 2008 7:37 am

    Guys..get a life…there are far more important things in life than cricket. Its because of fans like you and me that cricket has become insanely commercialized..the cost of all this is being extracted through us itself, by way of cost addition to products being bought. We are in love with it and we are also paying for it, through the products we buy. Are these cricketers even worth this much money?

  5. Krishna Aradhi / Mar 29 2008 1:48 pm

    Hilarious! 😆 Amrita auntie is going senile.

  6. lazybug / Mar 29 2008 5:13 pm

    @ycee: If Neo Sports does not want to serve the die hard cricket fan…then god help them survive. They could as well spend all the money they’ve invested there on a better cause of ‘national importance’. Even Star Sports and ESPN have used such moments for increasing the subscription charges…but somehow or the other they’ve made sure that the match reached as many TV sets as possible…Neo, on the other hand, does not give a damn about the cricket fan.

    @Ottayan: I hope a PIL is filed against Neo and it’s stripped off all the rights and Ten or ESPNStar gets the contract in stead. But that won’t happen…tchah!

    @xyz: What money are you talking about? The monthly rent I pay to my cable wala goes to the cable wala only…the cricketers don’t get any of it.

  7. Xyz / Mar 30 2008 6:21 am

    Lazybug u r a dumbbug actually. The money u pay to ur cablewalla, in turn goes to the sports broadcaster as per the decided fee. The sports broadcaster gets the money and they have to recover the cost of course, since they have paid crores for the rights. Are u educated or still in school. Dont bother replying coz I am not even visiting this blog again.

  8. lazybug / Mar 30 2008 6:00 pm

    XYZ: So you saying that the sports broadcaster pays the cricketers all that insane money? Strange. I did not know that. I thought BCCI and the sponsors paid them. Which is none of my or your business.

    BTW, with your logic we should also boycott the Hindi movies. What with all that huge money the actors earn?

    P.S I know you’ll read this. You’re free to reply.

  9. Chittaranjan / Mar 31 2008 8:18 am

    @Akki: The money-chain does sound true. You pay cable-op, he pays MSO, MSO pays the Channels, Channels pay the rights money to BCCI, BCCI pays it to cricketers n others. So there is your money in their salaries…how minuscule it may be!

    If only Cricket-fans would treat the matches like the movies!!! You don’t see EVERY movie do you? Why see every match then? What if you track the matches only via papers?

  10. vinay / Apr 1 2008 12:41 pm

    What ever it is, just F#$# this bongulo channel. The telecast really sucks. As far as national importance is concerned, does any of the eternal serials on DD anyway important to this national.

    Amrita aunty, namaste, could you tell me your address or please inform me when you visit Hyderabad, I have few issues to settle.

  11. lazybug / Apr 1 2008 4:22 pm

    Ycee: You are wrong on two counts there. XYZ raised the issue about all the big money the players earn. All the ‘big’ money coems from the sponsors, not me and you. And as for missing cricket matches like movies, well, no one wants to miss the movies of his favourite actor(s) just ‘coz the producer decided not to release the movie in his city!

  12. Chittaranjan / Apr 2 2008 4:43 am

    Oh…and the ‘5 Lakh per test and 2 Lakh per ODI’ is pittance and is not big money!!! Be it their match fees or ad money, do you think it comes from sky?

    Also, he talks about ‘products’ and how that money is extracted from us. So if you buy an Orient PSPO, mebbe some % of it goes into recovering Dhoni’s ad cost 😀

  13. lazybug / Apr 2 2008 6:09 pm

    First: The 5 Lakhs per game is nothing compared to what they get from their sponsors for that same game.

    Second: The 5 Lakhs that the BCCI gives them doesn’t go out of my / your pocket. They too earn a LOT of money from the deals they make.

  14. Chittaranjan / Apr 4 2008 2:01 pm

    Broadcast Deals 🙄

  15. lazybug / Apr 5 2008 6:40 pm

    My point exactly.

  16. Sachin Tendulkar / Aug 10 2008 5:21 pm

    F@#K Neo Sports AND Ten Sports…mediocrity personified.

  17. Shekhar / Nov 23 2008 4:23 pm

    Worst channel in the history of sports. I pay for it and then i see less cricket and more ads.

  18. Athang Patwardhan / Dec 15 2008 12:05 pm

    This is the most stupid cricket channel i hv even seen…..Now they have stopped showing replays also!!!!!Yes Neo Sports doesnt even show replay of a fall of wicket… soon as the wicket falls they start showing those stupid ads….. neither they show the runs made by the batsman nor the statistics of a next man coming in!!! and if the new batsman joins at the non-striker’s end; we dont understands who is the next batsman till he faces a ball!!!!! if he gets run out at non striker’s end before facing a ball we wont even understand who came in and got out!!!!!!! just stop all this!!!!
    Show the replay of wicket immediately, the runs made by the batsman, the name of fieldsman who took the catch and statistics of the new batsman who has came in!!!!!!

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