In Perspective: Hero Indian Super League 7

According to a press release by the Indian Super League, the seventh season of the Hero ISL concluded with Mumbai City FC crowned as the champions. The edition, which marked the return of major sporting events in India had a great journey fighting the challenges that the pandemic posed. Nita Ambani, Chairperson, Football Sports Development Limited and member of the International Olympic Committee in a video message ahead of the season finale said, “In spite of the global pandemic, despite the odds against us, the fear and uncertainty, this season of ISL has brought immense joy, cheer and celebrations back into our lives. “I am proud of the fact that we were the first, the longest, and the most successful sports event to be held in India in these times” she added. Hero Indian Super League 2020-21 featured 11 teams and 115 matches with a total of 298 goals scored with an average of 2.59 goals scored per game. The sporting blockbuster was broadcasted in 80 territories across Asia, Australia, USA, Canada and Europe. The League followed strict Health & Safety Protocols as 18 Bio-bubbles were established across 14 hotels with 1635 people tested by RT-PCR in Goa. On an average, each person was tested 50 times during the course of the league. Approximately a total of 70000 total tests were carried out. The estimated total expenditure on COVID testing and other related costs was INR 17 Cr. Estimated Infrastructure cost incurred by the league was INR 20 Cr. Three stadiums along with eight practice grounds were refurbished and the expenses included refurbishment / installation of floodlights, usage of generators, central security, housekeeping agencies, rentals of 3 stadiums and 8 practice pitches (first two months) ISL fared well digitally as well with 175M+ engagements and 360M+ video views. The sporting extravaganza featured 4000 mins+ video content. Speaking on the League’s fan engagement, Ambani said, “We missed our fans dearly in the stadium, but they were with us digitally and in spirit all along the season. “Thank you to each and every one of you in Goa and for supporting and showing your love for the beautiful game. And thank you for reaffirming our faith that sport truly has the ability to unite, to delight, and to inspire the world.” Two production & broadcast set-ups were established, one each in Goa and Mumbai with approximately 150 crew members. 19 cameras were used for all League stage games. Additional 2 cameras were deployed from the Play-Off stage. Production infrastructure was created from scratch at GMC Stadium Bambolim & Tilak Maidan Vasco. Besides, 3 OB kits and 2 broadcast teams were used for the entire duration.


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