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Sports ministry asks BCCI to share IPL profits
Tuesday 21 April 2015

The sports ministry has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to share profits generated by the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF).

According to a report in DNA, the ministry, while granting the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for IPL 2015, had made it clear to the BCCI that it was required to contribute to the NSDF. The exact amount of profit sharing, however, was not fixed.

The BCCI had contributed Rs 50 crore to the NSDF in 2008, but refused to share any profits in the subsequent years. The BCCI claimed that it was not happy with the withdrawal of tax exemption for its matches.

A senior ministry official explained, "Tax exemption is only applicable to such institution, which has declared itself a charitable society. The IT department had passed an order sometime in 2010-11 terming the BCCI a commercial organisation and not a charitable one. Moreover, the authorities had also termed all income of the IPL as commercial since the T20 league began in 2008 and it involved the commercial marketing of the game. So, they can't rake up this issue as an excuse for no contribution towards NSDF."

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