TTFI wants to tweak contract after success of Ultimate Table Tennis
The Table Tennis Federation of India wants to renegotiate the terms of its commercial arrangement with the 11Even Sports Pvt. Ltd agency regarding Ultimate Table Tennis, the franchise-based table tennis league that successfully debuted in the country last month.
The bilateral contract between the TTFI and 11EvenSports covers the UTT and domestic events.
According to reports in India, because the UTT "exceeded everyone’s expectations," the TTFI believes the title sponsorship agreement needs to be revisited.11 EvenSports is believed to have paid the federation Rs600,000 ($9,500) for the title sponsorship rights, which it sold onto CEAT, one of India's leading tyre manufacturers, for an (unknown) profit.
The TFFI is said to be seeking a 10 per cent uplift for 2018. In addition, certain key federation officials said they felt "ignored" during the league, and want to have a bigger role in the future direction of the event.
The TTFI executive board met in New Delhi earlier this week to review the contract, and found that "several areas needed to be looked into", The Hindu newspaper reported.
Dushyant Chautala, president of the TTFI, said: "Without doubt, the presentation of UTT was outstanding and exceeded everyone’s expectations. We wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of 11 EvenSports. Together we expect to take the Indian table tennis to a new high.
"The house felt the TTFI did not get its due during the UTT. As the governing body of the sport in the country, we felt ignored,. We also deliberated on various facets of the league, including technical and logistical."
The CEAT UTT took place from 13 to 30 July, with matches played in Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. The league was televised in India by Star India, the pay-television broadcaster owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox.
The total prize pool of $450,000 made it the richest table tennis event ever to be held in India.