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The “Thor” star, whose career touched new heights after working with Bhardwaj in “Kaminey” and “Haider”, “To break the record is not the aim.of courseis a loosely defined term here: Indian football fans have deep loyalties to various European and South American teamsand this is why the viability of football as a potentially lucrative sport is undeniable This is primarily because the basic revenue streams for any sport are broadcastingsponsorshipsmerchandising/ licensing of equipment and apparelF&Band of coursegate receipts Andwhile the Indian team isnt likely to set the world of football on fireover timeif the systems are in placethere is every possibility that the Indian team will improve enough to at least make it to the Cup Finals And while on its own this wouldnt have been enough to excite the football pundits to declare football to be the next big sport in Indiathe WCs sharp rise in the publics awareness has been accompanied by a steep fall in terms of viewershipinterest levelsand over timethe profitability of ODI cricketnamely the Asia Cup Its true that this compares the worlds most beloved event (staged only once every four years)and an event where only four South Asian nations competed in a dying format of the gamewith little to play for Howeverfor cricketthe facts are somewhat more sinister Essentiallycricket is a regional sportand the South Asian region encompasses the normal distribution parameters for crickets viewership and fiscal viability An India-Pakistan ODIreplete with suspenseangeranguishsuperstarsand uber-performancesat an audience-friendly time on a weekend afternoonshould have been the recipe for redemption of international limited-overs matches It wasnt Now with dwindling talent pools in most pockets of the worldcricket is no longer the odds-on eyeballs and sponsorship magnet that it used to be And any automatic transition to T20 is clearly not a foregone recipe for profitability and critical acclaim In many wayscricket has seen unprecedented metamorphosisin a manner which defies the idea of an organised and sustainable look and feel that most global sports possess No other sport has so many different variants Football is the poster child for longevitysustainabilitypassionfervourand packaging And profitability It is played across the worldin every country; it is affordablerequires no infrastructureequipmentor philanthropy Andwith Frances Les Bleus doing their best impression of the Pakistan cricket teams patented self-destructive Molotov Cocktaileven the pyrotechnics one expects from the prototypical India-Pakistan cricket match have been usurped Cricket has reason to fear for its future over timeand the proof lies in the dilemma: reinventand get chastisedor stay inert and get fossilised A full-strength Indian team won the Asia Cup after 15 yearsin the wake of a series of disappointing performances over the last year or so Whats worrying is that no one seems to careand indifference is bad news in the business of sports Contrast that with the approximately 80 million Indians across socio-economic demographics who are following the World Cupas if the futility of the Indian football teams future chances is minor Howeverthe future of football in India is bright Corporate sponsorships and professionalism in football leagues and clubs will lead to the inflow of fundsincrease in qualitative competitive levelsandabove allcould set the foundation for a professional football league that will attract and feature international football starseither on a loan basisor as contracted professionals by the league or clubs For that to happenthere needs to be a focus on structuringfundingand monetising the sport to the extent that the market can support a professional football league What remains to be seen in following a clearly successful Cup (despite the time differenceand the limitations on F&B options due to the lateness of the matches)and of this woeful four-nation cricket seriesis how this moment is leveraged Prioritieschoicesand conscious decision-making will define the future of professional domestic football in India from the grassroots to the I-league play-offs There is a huge potential for domestic footballand there needs to be a multi-pronged impetus provided to infrastructuretechnical skill development and academies of all kindstournaments and amateur leaguesand above alla focus on making the domestic I-league a professionalhigh-qualitycoveted football league If all goes according to planone has the feeling that Les Bleus might just become the moniker for all other emerging and established sports in Indiaand not just for the French faux pas Cest la vie The writer is a sports attorney with a national corporate law firm Views are personal [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News 2016 3:15 am In its prime, which won two prestigious awards at the Cannes International Film Festival in May. 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