The Indian Super League, which has attracted some of the top – though mostly retired -footballers in the world, has led insurers to chase the teams and organisers for business. According to sources, the total insurance cover for the eight-team ISL is Rs 600 crore.
“Each franchise has taken an insurance cover of Rs 50 crore for loss of pay , personal accident and public liability ,” an executive said.
The organisers have taken an event cancellation insurance of . 200 crore to cover against any loss ` of revenue from advertisements.
Players are insured against loss of fees, accidents and also have travel insurance. Roberto Carlos of Delhi Dynamos is the highest paid player in this year’s ISL – the Brazilian doubles as the team’s coach.
Other big names in this year’s IPL include FC Goa coach Zico and player Lucio, Chennaiyin’s Marco Materazzi and Mumbai’s coachplayer Nicolas Anelka.
Most of the players are covered for loss of fee. It gets triggered when a player gets injured and faces loss of remuneration. The cover for each player depends on the contract value. Marquee players command $600,000 and above.
The season kicked off on October 3 and will end in December.
A large part of the cover will be reinsured within the country, primarily with state-run General Insurance Corporation.
Apart from writing direct insurance, the four public sector insurance companies -New India Assurance, National India, United India and Oriental Insurance -also reinsure policies.