Nimbus Sport, IHF launch World Series Hockey & now many controversies

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  1. jashan83

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    India men hockey current team members Sandeep Singh, Sardara Singh, Adrian D’Souza, Dhananjay Mahadik and Gurjinder Singh were present at the announcement of the World Series Hockey (WSH). Nimbus

    Sport and the Indian Hockey Federation have entered into a 15-year agreement to conduct the annual league spread over 10 cities in India.

    Teams will be owned by corporate franchises and players will be allocated on the basis of draft pick. Performers will get guaranteed playing fees, endorsements and performance incentives. According to Harish Thawani, Executive Chairman of Nimbus Communications Limited, players’ initial contract will be for three years and estimated average earnings for performers will range from Rs 40-50 lakhs annually. Corporates owning teams have to make three types of payments (running expenses, commitment to hockey development and commitment to infrastructure development).

    WSH’s first edition is expected to take place in November/December 2011 after the Champions Trophy, extending upto February 2012 and will feature 100 matches held over 10 weeks, involving around 250 players.

    Each game will be broadcast live in at least 10 countries, according to Mr. Thawani, informing that 37 leading India players had already been signed up to compete in WSH. Slots have been reserved for 60 foreigners, to be signed up using accredited player agents.

    Mr. Thawani was asked questions about Nimbus Sport’s decision to team up with Indian Hockey Federation (IHF), instead of FIH-recognised Hockey India (HI) for the new project. “IHF is recognised by the Sports Ministry and infrastructure like stadiums are owned by IHF. For example, stadiums in Mumbai and Bangalore are owned by the Mumbai Hockey Association and Karnataka State Hockey Association respectively, both part of IHF,†said Mr. Thawani, extending a welcome to HI for becoming part of the WSH project.

    Responding to a question about HI secretary Narinder Batra’s statement in certain sections of media about denial of permission to Indian national men team probables wanting to take part in WSH, he said: “We are willing to release players for national camps and international competitions whenever there is a question of India representation.

    After doing this, I don’t think HI will object to players becoming part of World Series Hockey. Then it amounts to restraint on trade, which is to be taken very seriously and won’t stand the test from a legal viewpoint.â€

    India captain Sandeep Singh denied receiving any instruction from HI so far on the issue of WSH participation. “I have not got any call from HI yet. Something like the World Series Hockey is happening in India for the first time,†said the penalty corner specialist. Asked whether he is willing to risk omission from the national squad against the prospect of an estimated Rs 40 lakhs annual League earnings, he said: “If I am good enough for India, I will be selected.â€

    R. K. Shetty, current president of IHF and K P S Gill, past president, also spoke, besides Yannick Colaco, CEO of Nimbus Sport.

    PLAYERS

    Signed for three-year period initially. Guaranteed payments in three categories--- Rs 5 lakhs, Rs 7 lakhs and Rs. 10 lakh, besides others like endorsements and performance incentives differing from franchise to franchise. Player allocation by Draft pick, based on systems used globally like the NBA.

    FRANCHISES

    First four franchises to join by invitation, given status of founding members. Next four or six may have to go through procedures. Franchise allocation for period of 15 year and based on financial strength of team owner, commitment of hockey development and commitment to infrastructure development.

    BUSINESS MODEL

    Ownership rights split between teams and League. Team rights include team sponsorship, ticketing and hospitality at home games. League rights include all event sponsorship and media rights. Percentage of League revenue to be shared with teams.

    UNDERWRITING

    Nimbus Sport to underwrite the entire cost of the League as well as pay IHF an annual fee for hockey development in India, amounting to Rs. 30 crores over the contract period OR share of League profiles, whichever is higher. Nimbus Sport to market all broadcasting and other electronic media rights.
     
  2. nerd_is_the_word

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    this will be interesting. the FIH has said that any player who participates in the WSH may make themselves ineligible for participation in FIH level events. and yet it looks like decent portion of the Indian team is going for this. could end up in some tears.

    Although I cant see overseas players going over there and risking their participation in the olympics for less money than they will make staying at home and working. Im backing that this will flop.
     
  3. NicfromSweden

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    I agree with NITW
    At first it seemed very intressting but since FIH will ban all players taking part in the tournament its bound to fail sure some players may join just because they will make some money but I doubt any world class player from Europe will join. The Indian players taking part seem to think its up to HI to decide if they still get to play for India or not but its up to FIH so they will be banned and this will weaken the Indian nationalteam
     
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    I am hoping and keeping fingers crossed that court will recognize IHF and disband HI. In that case FIH is not left with many alternatives, either suspend India or recognize which is also recognized by Sport Ministry in India. If it goes in that way, then it becomes a FIH recognized tournament and foreign players will be called. I am so waiting for it and praying for it to be successful. This tournament will not only do good to hockey in India but surely raise it profile globally.
     
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    I dont see why the court decision will matter FIH will pick whatever association they want and make it official and since HI organised the WC i think FIH have made their point very clear.
    The players who will take part will make their money but will loose their chance of representing their country its up to them to decide what they feel is the right thing to do.
     
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    Could the EHL be damaged by this tournament if the FIH accept the tournament?
     
  7. NicfromSweden

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    It depends maybe some players will pick the worldleague instead (I dont know how much they are paying in euros) but another top league is probably just going to make the sport better if you ask me
     
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    I agree with Nic, the more high profile competition, the better.
    Trouble is that to me it just looks like a power struggle between Hockey India and someone with an axe to grind rather than genuine development.
     
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    I doubt the EHL would be damaged, because the rules on players moving clubs is very strict.

    The EHL always will be the best club hockey tournament in the world.
     
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    If a court order comes and simply disbands HI and then only IHF will be left. In that case FIH will have no option but to make IHF compliant and recognize it. I hope it happens that way. Fingers crossed
     
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    The FIH doesnt have to recognise anyone. The IHF has spent years ruining hockey in India, everyone knows it is one of the most corrupt and farcical governing bodies in the hockey world. If the FIH dont want to recognise it, they wont.
     
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    I think mani is right things has gone so far that HI is the only option I doubt FIH will approve of any IHF indian nationalteam no matter what the court decides which leaves India with one option really if they want to take part in any international event in the future.
     
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    So this is where we will see players like Brent Livermore (Australia), Rodrigo Garza (Spain), Rehan Butt (Pakistan) & Lucas Vila (Argentina), Adrian D’Souza (India) end their international playing days or are they really so sure that there will be enough international players joining the league to force FIH in letting them keep on playing for their nationalteams?
     
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    I have come up with an innovative way to get more people watching hockey. We connect a camera at a game to livestream on Chatroulette. With 6 shuffles a minute we could reach 420 views by the end of game one. About as many as an EHL Semi Final.
     
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    FIH have now released an unequivocal statement on the proposed World Series Hockey:

     
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    I think it is most likely going to attract overseas players at the end of their careers - people like Livermore looking for a nice little wallet cushioner before retirement.
    I really can't see this getting too far with no FIH backing.
     
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    Its so sad that all this effort is beeing wasted I think its a good initiative but its shitty India just cant work together in one hockey association
     
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    http://www.fih.ch/en/news-3202-fih-statement-regarding-settlement-between

    Looks like this will go ahead, and if it does become fih sanctioned than this could really make a impact on the sport.

    http://www.facebook.com/worldserieshockey?sk=wall

    The facebook page states it plans to run from december the 15th till January 22nd. A clever bit of marketing since most countries across europe take a break over christmas for indoor while it happens to be the off season for southern hemisphere countries. This could mean, especially with the run up to the olympics with people wanting to play as much hockey as possible, that lots of players could be attracted by the big pay outs during breaks in domestic seasons. Southern hemisphere players wanting to keep form before the olympics in particular.
     

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