Former India captain Sourav Ganguly bagged Kolkata franchise in ISL. Sachin got the ownership of Kochi team with PVP ventures. On winning the bid for Kochi franchise, Tendulkar said: "I will always remain a sportsman at heart who is keen to positively impact the sporting fabric of the nation. The Indian Super League presents a great opportunity to develop a platform for the youngsters to learn and enhance their talent to develop into outstanding players."
"With the Kochi club, we will strive to 'score our goals' and play a part in developing the game of football across the country," the batting maestro added.
Sources said that the organisers received positive response from more than 30 interested parties to its 'Invitation To Bid' tender notice, which closed on March 27.
It is learnt that around 18 to 20 bidders had put in their money on ISL either through forming a consortium or individually. This is for the first time that a franchise property in sports in India has elicit such a response from the business as well as sports and Bollywood community.
Here is the full list of eight franchises in ISL:
BENGALURU - The Sun Group
DELHI - Sameer Manchanda led Den Network
GOA - Venugopal Dhoot (Videocon), Dattaraj Salgaocar and Shrinivas V. Dempo
GUWAHATI - John Abraham & Shillong Lajong
KOCHI - Sachin Tendulkar & PVP Ventures
KOLKATA - Sourav Ganguly, Harshavardhan Neotia, Atletico Madrid, Sanjeev Goenka, Utsav Parekh
MUMBAI - Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh
PUNE - Salman Khan together with Kapil Wadhawan and Dheeraj Wadhawan of the Wadhawan Group