4) City vs City
Never before has a ‘City vs City’ concept been successfully implemented in India. But the IPL bucked the trend and now every league in the country is following the IPL model.
While the concept of city based loyalty was successful in the USA and Europe some people were apprehensive about how it would work in India. Would the Mumbai crowd actually boo Rahul Dravid?
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But it did work. And that was the genius of the concept, because now even someone who does not watch the game will support his team out of loyalty for his city.