A weekly newsletter that deconstructs the business of sports and gaming.
Two recent controversies involving former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and Venkatesh Prasad showed just how tricky the business of social media management for athletes is
Jaideep Vaidya2 months ago
This question is at the heart of all the hullabaloo over the tax evasion notices worth thousands of crores sent to real-money gaming companies.
The Indian Super League announced a partnership with German media company OneFootball to distribute its international streaming rights. Is anyone watching?
Selling cricket match tickets efficiently shouldn’t be rocket science for the world’s richest cricket board. Unfortunately, it is.
Jaideep Vaidya3 months ago
If you ask Royal Challengers Bangalore, the answer is no.
Indian sports fans have seen glimpses of the technology while watching cricket, kabaddi, and football, but it’ll be a while before it becomes mainstream
The official fantasy football game of the Premier League is free to play, but many content creators and websites are carrying advertisements from gambling companies
Jaideep Vaidya4 months ago
The media rights for Indian football’s top division are up for grabs, but reports suggest that there aren’t many interested parties, including the incumbent Star India
Brands such as FanCode, The Souled Store, and playR are trying to bridge the gap between original but expensive team jerseys and cheap counterfeits
The GST Council dropped a bombshell last week when it recommended that online gaming should be taxed at par with gambling at 28%. But it also left a lot open to interpretation, which led to confusion and panic in the industry
A peek inside the lives of cricket Twitter influencers such as Cric Crazy Johns and Mufaddal Vohra
Jaideep Vaidya5 months ago
The inaugural Olympic Esports Series concluded in Singapore last week, with some pretty odd choices in the selection of games
Absolutely crazy things have been happening in the world of football over the last few days. Where do we go from here?
From RedBird Capital to CVC Capital to, now, apparently, Tiger Global, foreign investment firms all want a piece of the ~$11 billion Indian Premier League pie
Jaideep Vaidya6 months ago
India’s gaming and esports industry is celebrating the return of the popular mobile game after a 10-month suspension. But since it’s back only on a three-month trial period, stakeholders are proceeding cautiously
Pep Guardiola’s team won their third Premier League title in a row and are on course for a record-equaling treble. Do their alleged breaches of financial fair play regulations tarnish their achievements before a final verdict is announced?
Global suppliers of top sportswear brands such as Nike, Adidas, and PUMA are setting up manufacturing units in India as they look for alternatives to China. Is the country ready for this shift?
Jaideep Vaidya7 months ago
Americans have spent over $220 billion on legal sports bets in the five years since the US Supreme Court’s landmark May 2018 ruling. It’s not been all hunky-dory, though
The final ruling in cricket NFT platform Rario’s suit in the Delhi High Court against rival Striker could transform the way the fantasy sports industry functions
The Indian Premier League’s digital broadcaster JioCinema has 15 different commentary feeds this season. One of them has many similarities with Star Sports’ now discontinued Select Dugout.
A value-add feature or a gimmick?
It’s not as simple as sticking a logo on a jersey
Jaideep Vaidya8 months ago
The two gaming apps provide services that can be best described as legally grey
It’s about more than just Virat Kohli
Any of the bottom nine clubs in the Premier League could be relegated, with 10 games to go. It’s never been tighter at the bottom of the table, and there’s a reason for it