Facebook has joined the race to acquire digital rights to live-stream India's biggest sporting tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL). A report in the Mint suggests that the social network giant has purchased the tender documents for the bidding process.
Yesterday, it was reported that the micro-blogging website, Twitter, is also interested in getting digital rights for IPL.
The prized tournament, hosted by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), was live streamed on the Internet by HotStar last year. The battle for digital rights is heating up for this year, with heavyweights such as Facebook, Twitter, Jio, and Amazon in the contention.
Facebook had curated a special experience for the preceding 2016 IPL season, with scoreboards, pages, videos and more. Nearly 360 million posts, comments and likes were posted on the social network during the tournament.