Beyond the MBA Classroom: Competing in the ISB Super League

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

A unique institution taking hold at the Indian School of Business (ISB) is the ISB Super League, or ISL. Launched in 2010, the ISL pits teams of ISB students against one another in head-to-head intramural combat in ten different sports—including cricket, soccer, Frisbee, basketball and water polo—over the course of three months. Beijing Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra visited campus to inaugurate the fall 2012 season and even participated in a student volleyball game. The previous year (2011), the ISL kickoff event featured Gayatri Reddy, co-owner of the Deccan Chargers, and Accenture officially sponsored the year’s four franchises—the Hyderabad Nizams, the Titans, the Raging Bulls and the Hurricanes—which competed for points and ultimately the Super League Cup in the ten different events. Each year, the ISL franchises are selected via a live fantasy auction in which students bid for teams and players using real money. The players for each team are then “sold” in a live auction using virtual currency. The winning team takes home 60% of the money accrued from the bids, the second- and third-place teams split 35% of the funds and the remaining 5% covers tournament organization costs.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at the ISB and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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