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Pro Kabaddi Prize Money (Season 1-7) | How much does the winner get?

The Pro Kabaddi League has grown into the biggest Kabaddi League in the World since its inception in the year 2014. PKL demonstrated an exponential growth in viewership with wide popularity in Fantasy Sports (majorly through Dream11). In fact, Pro Kabaddi League currently stands second in the most-watched Indian Sports League just behind IPL. PKL also ranks among the top leagues in India when it comes to reach vs impressions chart. This proves that Kabaddi has an immense potential of as a youth-oriented Sport. With the rise in sponsorship and brand value coming with these numbers, Pro Kabaddi prize money and incentives have also seen an upsurge through the years.

With the rising attention in acquiring more prominent athletes in the sport, PKL auction is also breaking records year after year. Among the highest-paid non-cricketers in India, Monu Goyat was bid for a whopping ₹ 1.51 crore in the PKL season 6 auction. This was followed by ₹ 1.45 cr pick of Siddharth Desai by Telugu Titans in the 7th auction. In comparison to this massive growth in the amount being paid to individual stars in PKL, the prize money has seen a little rise in the numbers. Here is the list of different monetary prizes for various titles in the seven seasons of PKL.

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Pro Kabaddi Prize Money: Season 1

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Credits: PKL

The inaugural edition of PKL was miraculously amazing in all aspects. It was filled with ups and downs and a lot of excitement for all the eight participating teams. But it all came down to the 2 teams battling for the title. On 31st August 2014, Jaipur Pink Panthers and U Mumba played with vigour to claim the first title of the Pro Kabaddi League. Although U Mumba some exceptional performances to the Finals, the panthers destroyed them 35-24, claiming the first PKL Championship. Jaipur stars Rohit Rana and Maninder Singh had a massive night. 

Winners (Jaipur Pink Panthers): ₹ 50 Lakhs 

Runners Up (U Mumba): ₹ 30 Lakhs

Third Place (Bengaluru Bulls): ₹ 20 Lakhs

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Pro Kabaddi Prize Money: Season 2

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Credits: PKL

Following the big inaugural edition of the Kabaddi League, Fox Star acquired majority stakes of Mashaal Sports, eventually owning the league. This brought a lot of attention in terms of both media as well as sponsorship. 

After a finals upset in the first season, the U Mumba took up the challenge and reigned supreme in the same. On 23 August 2015, U Mumba faced Bengaluru Bulls after topping the table in the group stage. In a close fight against the Bulls, U Mumba prevailed till the end with the help of persistent focus from Rishant and Bapu. Thought the format remained the same in the second edition, the prize money doubled this time. The Mumbai team defeated Bengaluru side by 6 points to claim the glory as well as the colossal chip. 

Winner (U Mumba): ₹ 1 crore

Runners Up (Bengaluru Bulls): ₹ 50 Lakhs

Third Place (Telugu Titans): ₹ 30 Lakhs

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PKL Prize Money: Season 3

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Credits: PKL

Pro Kabaddi League returned with the same format, teams and also ended up giving away the same prize money. This was the last season of PKL with Star as the title sponsor and the first experiment of the league starting in January. Although the league saw the third consecutive finals appearance by U Mumba, the reigning champions could not repeat their feat. While this was not the first time Mumba were facing a Finals upset, it was the beginning of the most dominant run in the Pro Kabaddi’s history. The Patna Pirates claimed their first title on the back of Deepak Narwal’s incredible performance in a nail-biting Finals ending at a Final score of 31-28. 

Winner (Patna Pirates): ₹ 1 crore

Runners Up (U Mumba): ₹ 50 Lakhs

Third Place (Puneri Paltan): ₹ 30 Lakhs

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Pro Kabaddi Prize Money: Season 4

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Credits: PKL

The 4th season of PKL came earlier than everyone’s expectation. With Vivo as the new title sponsor for the league and the same eight teams battling for the title for the second time in the same year, the tournament began on 25th June 2016. After a five week event, the PKL Finals saw the reigning champs, Patna Pirates being challenged by the opening champs, Jaipur Pink Panthers. The Patna Pirates created history on 31st July 2016 becoming the first and only back-to-back champions in the history of PKL. 

Winner (Patna Pirates): ₹ 1 crore

Runners Up (Jaipur Pink Panthers): ₹ 50 Lakhs

Third Place: ₹ 30 Lakhs

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PKL Prize Money: Season 5

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Credits: PKL

The 5th season of PKL was exhilarating with the addition of 4 more teams and a complicated long tournament to follow the same. The competition also saw reshuffling of the majority of experienced players as the teams were allowed to retain a single player in the auction. In fact, the event saw over 400 players being signed by the 12 sides for a total of about 47 crores. After a 12-week-long league phase, six teams battled out in the playoffs to go further in the tournament. On 28th October 2016, the Patna Pirates proved its dominance in the Pro Kabaddi League, winning the third consecutive title. The Pirates achieved this feat on the back of Pardeep Narwal’s miraculous season-ending with up crushing the newcomers Gujarat Fortunegaints 55-38 in the PKL Finals. 

Team

Winner Rs 3 crore
Runners-up Rs 1.8 crore
Third Place Rs 1.2 crore
fourth Place Rs 80 lakh
Fifth Place Rs 35 lakh
Sixth Place Rs 35 lakh

Individual

Most Valuable Player Rs 15 lakh
Best raider Rs 10 lakh
Ace defender of PKL 2018 Rs 10 lakh
Sports debutant of PKL 2018 Rs 8 lakh
Best Referee Female Rs 3.5 lakh
Best Referee Male Rs 3.5 lakh
   
Total Rs 8 crore

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Pro Kabaddi Prize Money: Season 6

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Credits: PKL

The 6th season of PKL again saw the same format, teams and players battling for the title in a season that lasted from 7th October 2018 to 5th January 2019. All the 11 teams were visioned at toppling the dominant Pirates from the throne. The Bengaluru Bulls claimed their first-ever PKL title in a nail-biter against the reigning runners up Gujarat Fortunegiants. The end score read 38-33 on the scoreboard with Bulls reigning superior.

Team

Winner Rs 3 crore
Runners-up Rs 1.8 crore
Third Place Rs 1.2 crore
fourth Place Rs 80 lakh
Fifth Place Rs 35 lakh
Sixth Place Rs 35 lakh

Individual

Most Valuable Player Rs 15 lakh
Best raider Rs 10 lakh
Ace defender of PKL 2018 Rs 10 lakh
Sports debutant of PKL 2018 Rs 8 lakh
Best Referee Female Rs 3.5 lakh
Best Referee Male Rs 3.5 lakh
   
Total Rs 8 crore

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Pro Kabaddi Prize Money: Season 7

The prize money in the previous 2 seasons remained unchanged with a total of 8 crores being awarded in each season. The prize money for the 7th season of PKL will be known at the end of the Finals like every year. Although fans would be expecting some rise in the amount after PKL players are making it to the costliest non-cricket players in India for 2 consecutive years. Also, the most expensive player in PKL 2018 was Monu Goyat for 1.51 crore which is more than the eventual prize money for the 3rd place in the league. The league might not want to repeat such a scenario.

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Raghav Heda
Raghav is a sports enthusiast and a content writer at Kreedon. Being a former state-level cricketer and Captain of the Basketball team at IIT Patna, he understands the problems faced by a student-athlete in India. He is also a die-hard NBA fan and has been following the league and American Sports Media for long. Comparing the Indian sports economy to American Sports' was something that motivated him to work for the development of Indian Sports.

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