Blackburn Rovers owners allegedly owe SFL 1 mil+


Blackburn Rovers Owners Allegedly Owe Super Fight League Fight Over 1.3 Million in Unpaid Sponsorship

News out of India is that the Super Fight League is owed over 1.3 million dollars from The Football Leagues' Blackburn Rovers owners, through their business Venky’s Nutrition. The unpaid sponsorship dollars is in relation to Venky’s contractual commitment to sponsor Superfight Leagues SFl 1, 2 and 3 in 2012.  The million plus dollar commitment was in large part based on the friendship between SFL Chairman Sanjay Dutt and Blackburn Rover owner Balaji Rao.  These three events were some of the most expensive in SFL’s history bringing in UFC veterans Todd Duffee, Paul Kelley, Trevor Prangley, and other well known names like Bob Sapp, Bobby Lashley and James Thompson  .

A source close to The Super Fight League told The Times of India "Bala is close to Sanjay, who introduced Sanjay to his SFL partner Raj Kundra.”  It has been this introduction that has kept the SFL afloat.  Raj Kundra is a famous Entrepreneur and it is his capital that has filled in the holes created by Venky’s Nutrition’s non payment. 

According to reports, after Venky's allegedly failed to pay the sponsorship money, the SFL team sent him gentle reminders. He was never really put under any kind of pressure to clear the dues, given his proximity to Sanjay, who continued to vouch for his friend's commitment to the contract.

When TOI got in touch with SFL’s Raj Kundra, he said, "Bala is a very large-hearted and nice guy and friend but from a business standpoint, I can't deny we have outstanding dues from Venky's Nutrition." There is no word from Blackburn Rovers owner Bala or Venky’s Nutrition. 

SFL seens to have been able to rebound nicely from such a large financial impact.  In 2013 they have returned with a new television deal reaching over 100 million homes on ESPN STAR Sports and they recently announced a new sponsorship with India PepsiCo’s brand Mountain Dew.

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4/5/13 7:53 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

Leeds is a cool place, had many a night out there years ago. I spent a summer in Pontefract with a mate whilst at Uni. Had a great time : )

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4/5/13 6:08 PM by UGCTT_Sparro

Indeed I do live near Leeds mate, I don't support Blackburn, but that is actually my surname believe it or not haha, so I show some interest in them purely for that.

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4/5/13 5:18 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

The main thing is you're sticking with your team : )Those Venkys Turkey Farmers need to fuck off though. I can't recall them making a single correct decision.Can't believe they got rid of Allardyce?! He knows what it takes to survive in the Prem.....

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4/5/13 4:12 PM by biva

Haha pretty fucking gutted, but was expecting it as we're tuurible at the minute too!Felt better though when my step-Dad (a Rovers fan) said a draw was as good as a win for them this year.

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4/5/13 12:49 PM by pazz5

I know! Back in my younger days the SaS were knocking in goals left right and centre so call me a glory supporter if you will! I'm paying for my disloyal roots now but at least Leeds are just as shite eh

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4/5/13 12:26 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

A Yorkshireman supporting a Lancashire club?! That in itself is pretty rare! :D

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4/5/13 11:09 AM by pazz5

Can you give us any information on this story and confirm if there's any truth behind the claims?

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4/5/13 11:07 AM by pazz5

I'm from Leeds but am a Blackburn fan, there cant be more then one of us on here!

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4/5/13 10:52 AM by SuperFightLeague

It is saddening that some still do not know how much Super Fight League has grown since our beginning. We have been featuring our live YouTube stream on The Underground Forums for you, the MMA fans, for many events now. It seems for many we have had a warm reception. Possibly you have missed the announcement we had on our newest TV deal involving ESPN Star Sports. This is a major live broadcast partner for our area of the world. See the story here: We again express our gratitude and appreciation for The Underground Forums and their members that join us for our Official Discussion Threads in 2012 and for SFL 14 here in 2013. As most know we have moved to a fortnight schedule and SFL 15 will return with MVP, Michael 'Venom' Page in the Main Event on 12 April, 2013.

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4/5/13 10:03 AM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

Yes indeed, Preston. You're from Leeds aren't you?