Also, the former I&B Minister Manish Tewari commented: “Asking channels to run a scroll is a logic-defying move as only those who have subscribed to pay channels will be able to see the scroll. Is I&B Ministry telling those viewers to unsubscribe and move to free-to-air platforms?”
According to broadcasters, the diktat lacks any statutory or policy foundation. Rather, it goes way beyond the remit of the Sports Mandatory Sharing Act as adjudicated upon by the Supreme Court in its judgement in the matter of Union of India vs BCCI dated August 22, 2017. If this notice is not challenged or allowed to be implemented, then it will undermine the investments made by private broadcasters in acquiring rights from sports federations.