Prevent exploitation of Television viewers by High Definition Sport Channels
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Respected I&B Minister,
Football, undoubtedly is the "King of Sports", a fact which is testified by the game's popularity across the world. In India Football have been only popular in certain states. It is appreciable that the Government and the Sports's bodies including FIFA has taken steps to improve the popularity of the game. The awarding of the 2017 U-17 World Cup to India is a step taken by FIFA and the Government to increase the reach of the game in India. But sadly all this steps could be undone by the greed on a particular Sport Channel - STAR Sports.
It is a sad fact that the Premier Sports Channels like Star Sports have been giving a very bad deal to the football fans in India in the recent time. They are trying to exploit the helplessness of the Sport lovers in India. STAR Sports has been purposfully moving almost all the Live Matches of Football to their High Definition(HD) Channels. STAR Sports have four Standard format channels - Star Sports 1, 2, 3 &4. But still they show 80% of the Live matches in their HD Channels. This is done purposefully to force all the Football lovers to subscribe their HD Channels.
In simple terms this is exploitation. For the "Love of the Game" , the ministry have to take steps to prevent this exploitation. If we don't make a call on this now, then this will be used as a way to exploit sport lovers in the country. At this moment Football fans are STAR Sports' favorite enemies, but if we let them win it will be just a matter of time for them to target other Sport lovers like Cricket Fans, Hockey Fans etc....
So please take necessary legislative steps to prevent these kind of exploitation. Right now Star Sports is the only one practising this, but it will be just a matter of time before everyone practice this.
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