Indranil Das Blah is a sports industry veteran with two decades of experience across various verticals. Having started off his career in Tiger Sports Marketing, he then went on to manage the sports business in Globosport alongwith Mahesh Bhupathi. In 2009 he founded KWAN, a sports and entertainment company, where Blah, among other things, drives the sports business.
In today’s episode Blah allows us to tap into his vision and macro-level thinking about running a professional sports team in India. While he has worked on commercial deals with various teams including some in the Indian Premier League, he is most known for being the CEO of Mumbai City FC. We discuss a variety of topics, including what is key to running a successful sports franchise, how professional sport has impacted India, and which Indian sports leagues will stand the test of time.
Some of the points we touch upon are:
What are the first two things that a team owner/principal needs to get right when building a team from scratch?
What are some of the ways (2-3) that professional leagues have impacted India (as a country)?
Some leagues have failed. What are the successful ones doing differently?
International teams build and have their own venues. Is that a possibility for Indian teams in the future?
What are some of the changes that are needed to make owning and running a professional team in India more viable and sustainable?