Brendan O'Brien: Sponsors and TV companies scrambling to comb through contracts

Brendan O'Brien: Sponsors and TV companies scrambling to comb through contracts

That screeching sound we all heard last month was the brakes being pulled on the $500bn (€462bn) global sports industry.

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Brendan O'Brien: Michael McKillop - ‘Sport is just a part of people’s lives, it’s not the be all and end all’

Brendan O'Brien: Michael McKillop - ‘Sport is just a part of people’s lives, it’s not the be all and end all’

Michael McKillop would dearly love to add a fourth Paralympics appearance to his CV but the four-time gold medallist is all too aware that the Games may not go ahead ...

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Brendan O'Brien: A low-key coronation but Stephen Kenny has plans to excite

Brendan O'Brien: A low-key coronation but Stephen Kenny has plans to excite

MAYBE it was appropriate given how the world itself has been turned upside down that Stephen Kenny’s ‘unveiling’ as Republic of Ireland manager ...

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Brendan O'Brien: Pauw's team edge one step closer to a seismic leap

Brendan O'Brien: Pauw's team edge one step closer to a seismic leap

Declan McBennett, RTE’s head of sport, spoke earlier this week about the national station’s coverage of last year’s Women World Cup and his sense ...

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Brendan O'Brien: Is Ross Byrne the most underappreciated rugby player in Ireland?

Brendan O'Brien: Is Ross Byrne the most underappreciated rugby player in Ireland?

Joey Carbery’s wretched situation also lends itself to another theory: That Ross Byrne is the most underappreciated player on this island right now.

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Brendan O'Brien: As good a time as any for Ireland to visit Lions’ den

Brendan O'Brien: As good a time as any for Ireland to visit Lions’ den

Twickenham is a strange mix of the magnificent and the meh.It’s an oddly unloveable place but maybe that’s just down to experience, writes Brendan O'Brien. ...

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Brendan O'Brien: Absent Gatland casts long shadow over Aviva as Wales come to town

Brendan O'Brien: Absent Gatland casts long shadow over Aviva as Wales come to town

After 12 years and 151 tests in charge of Wales, Warren Gatland’s Super Rugby coaching career with the Chiefs began with a remarkable comeback victory over ...

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Brendan O'Brien: Global issues take a back seat as Andy Farrell's Ireland brace for familiar foe

Brendan O'Brien: Global issues take a back seat as Andy Farrell's Ireland brace for familiar foe

But imagine, in the context of what we saw late last year in Japan, had Ireland gone and won those hosting rights.

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Brendan O'Brien: Theatre of Dreams? Maybe if you’re in the away dressing-room

Brendan O'Brien: Theatre of Dreams? Maybe if you’re in the away dressing-room

IT said it all about the predicament in which Manchester United find themselves that their 2-0 defeat to Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday night felt like a huge ...

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Brendan O'Brien: Finding balance between ‘Faz’ and ‘Boss’

Brendan O'Brien: Finding balance between ‘Faz’ and ‘Boss’

Bob Paisley didn’t want the job of Liverpool manager in 1974.

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Brendan O'Brien: Portlaoise success story deserves a helping hand

Brendan O'Brien: Portlaoise success story deserves a helping hand

BRAND recognition has never been Irish basketball’s strong suit. Clubs have come and clubs have gone down the years, many of them victims of the painfully ...

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Brendan O'Brien: How America’s Game points the way for GAA

Brendan O'Brien: How America’s Game points the way for GAA

This was a game between two of the sport’s best. It stood to reason that everyone wanted to see it happen.

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Brendan O'Brien: Must do better - Why do we ask the impossible of referees?

Brendan O'Brien: Must do better - Why do we ask the impossible of referees?

Whatever your taste in sports, odds are it has been soured at times by a decision from a referee or an official of some other hue. Bill White, a former baseball ...

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Giggs has shown how an investment in youth can pay off

Giggs has shown how an investment in youth can pay off

There are obvious holes to be picked in the belief it is never a bad idea to watch a game of football.

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Sport a perfect reflection of humanity’s shady side

Sport a perfect reflection of humanity’s shady side

Saracens’ fall from grace this week is no laughing matter but how could you not chuckle when Exeter Chiefs CEO Tony Rowe let loose at rivals accused of skirting ...

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A record-breaking partnership targets another landmark

A record-breaking partnership targets another landmark

New Plymouth in the rain.

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Kearney keen to make up for lost time

Kearney keen to make up for lost time

Rob Kearney could have played the team card. He could have insisted there are never any mixed feelings when he sits in the stands and looks on as someone else gets ...

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The attitude of things being 'grand' on the night doesn't cut mustard in Japan

The attitude of things being 'grand' on the night doesn't cut mustard in Japan

It was shortly after nine on Saturday morning when the hordes began to spill from the commuter trains, through Kaihimmakahuri station and across to the imposing ...

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Imagine a Conor Murray or James Ryan obliged to walk through pre-match drinkers outside pubs in Beggars Bush

Imagine a Conor Murray or James Ryan obliged to walk through pre-match drinkers outside pubs in Beggars Bush

Word has reached us that Chiba’s stock isn’t exactly high back home.

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Schmidt is playing by the rules of a small world

Schmidt is playing by the rules of a small world

If there’s one thing we’ve learned through Trump and Brexit and any number of other modern misadventures then it must be the depressing truth that facts ...

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So, who will you be shouting for on Sunday?

So, who will you be shouting for on Sunday?

This rising tide of support for Kerry? Feels wrong.

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Debating British influence on our sporting character

Debating British influence on our sporting character

John Bull has always divided opinion. To our neighbours, he came to symbolise the best of British: A jovial, chubby, but solid and honest character of rural stock. ...

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Lowry dealt with the din.And the unnerving silence

Lowry dealt with the din.And the unnerving silence

People wonder how players keep their heads given the magnitude of what a prize like the Claret Jugre presents but it’s the madness of it all that overwhelms ...

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Love Island: Portrush an Open like no other

Love Island: Portrush an Open like no other

History seems to hang from every lamppost along the Causeway Coast. Drive through the villages and town lands dotted around Portrush this week and there’s ...

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A county now ready to cut loose after years of setbacks

A county now ready to cut loose after years of setbacks

How do you measure heartache? Years spent in the doldrums, woeful win-loss ratios, and player unrest or disinterest are all useful, dependable, barometers.

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