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Team name nomenclature in IPL

Posted on: June 3, 2008

So IPL is causing a huge hullabaloo all over and b-schools are doing something about it. We had a tĂȘte-a-tĂȘte on IPL today. I got to hear some nice words such as –
Audience burnout, player burnout, $1.02 Billion, BCCI, richest cricketing body, city rivalry, IPL v/s EPL, enthralled masses and all that. Oh yes those two words that hit high on MBA vocabulary – perceived value, continuous innovation, improvement. Not that I know what IPL is, professing as much that I don’t give a tiny rat’s arse about it).
One curious thing that hit me in the discussion was the nomenclature of team names. Is there a logic, is there a bias or is there something more? I thought I should explore.

Team names – Sans logic

  1. Kolkata Knight Riders – I don’t know why did they choose this name. The only clue I managed to eke out was that Knight Riders was a serial broadcast in NBC.
  2. Deccan Chargers – No logic it seems (atleast to me). The team is from Hyderabad and is owned by Deccan Chronicle. Is there a link?
  3. Delhi Daredevils – Okay what is so daredevilry about Delhi? Delhi is unsafe for women so the men causing all this pain are the daredevils. Or is it the vestiges of the monkey man saga and idol-drinking-milk-which-spread-through-word-of-mouth? Nothing, zilch.
  4. Chennai Super Kings – Soopper seri, aana Soopper Kings? (Super is okay, but Super Kings?) I guess it has got to do with the past dynasties of Cholas, Cheras and Pandyas. Incidentally these kings rules in the current states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka had separate rulers, I think and hence they have separate teams. Is that logic? Very weak.

Team Name – Weak Logic

  1. Punjab Kings – Okay I accept. North Indians were rulers of great awe and to this day the north-south divide still says North India was more prone to attacks from firangis. Amen !!

Team Names Strong logic

  1. Rajasthan Royals – Doesn’t that fit so beautifully. Rajasthan has a history of royals.
  2. Royal Challengers Bangalore – Notice the departure here. The team name comes before the city that it represents. Ah the wicked imagination one Mr. Mallya. So the brand represents him (forget the alcohol for a minute) and Bangalore and UB go together. I get that it is from Bangalore. But why put the suggestive RC (remember all you engineers and all ye engineers languishing in B-Schools) before the city name? Innovation eh?

Team Name well, hmmm, mmm

  1. Mumbai Indians – It defies the template <City_Represented><No Logic, History, Brands>. Instead it goes on to the next level, the country itself. Mumbai is okay but putting Indians after that seems a bit out of place. So this team has nationalistic connotations. Mumbai at several levels means so much to so many people. But then why not use that, why India? On a different note say I am cheering for several teams. I can exclaim “the Chargers won”, “those Knight Riders gave it all away”, or even “the Challengers look challenged”.
    1. Doesn’t it seem really awkward to say “Yey, the Indians won!”? Aren’t we all that?

If you people do think there is something behind the nomenclature or just your thoughts, ping in.



PS – For my own safety reasons, please consider this post just as a rant. A break from B-School vicissitudes, MBA thinking, anyways you might want to call it. Like whatchamacallit.

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2 Responses to "Team name nomenclature in IPL"

the delhi explaination cracked me up! Haha

grrr. not too impressed with the daredevils explanation.

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