Hockey: Eight corporate houses in line to buy HIL's sixth team

Five teams -- Delhi Wizards, Ranchi Rhinos, Uttar Pradesh Wizards, Jaypee Punjab Warriors and Dabur Mumbai Magicians -- competed in this year's HIL, which was originally planned as a six-team affair, but the sixth outfit went unsold.

updated: July 19, 2013 18:30 IST
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New Delhi: The success of the inaugural Hockey India League seems to have caught the attention of the country's top corporate houses with eight of them expressing interest in owning the sixth franchise that will be added to the event next year.

According to a source in Hockey India, the success of the first edition of HIL has increased the interest among corporate houses for the sixth franchise, which will be based out of one of these five cities -- Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhopal and Bhuvneshwar.

"There were no takers for the sixth franchise in this year's HIL but the tournament's success has heightened the interest among corporates to buy the sixth team. Eight top corporate houses are in the running to buy the sixth franchise," the source told PTI.

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