New Delhi: According to a report in DNA, some Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners have picked up the tender document floated by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) inviting bids to join the I-League in 2016.
I-League CEO, Mr. Sunando Dhar said leading corporate houses had shown interest in owning clubs in India's premier football league. However, he did not name the corporate houses.
This news comes at a time when Indian football administrators are contemplating a merger between the Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League.
"Both leagues complement each other. The I-League season has been pushed to January to benefit the ISL. The ISL starts in October and ends in December. The I-League starts in January and ends in May, so it would be better to have one league with eight-nine months of competition. A single league with 15-16 teams could be established in three years' time," Dhar was quoted as saying in the DNA report.
ISL turned out to be a huge success in its first year. While the I-League continues to struggle in terms of attracting sponsors and interest from football fans.
Hence it would be interesting to see the approach of AIFF in terms of developing a plan to merge the two leagues.