Aogán Ó Fearghail wants cut in live televised games

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail is in favour of reducing the number of live televised games.

During his address to Congress on Friday night, Director General Páraic Duffy said the 100 matches shown free-to-air in 2014 had negatively impacted on attendances, a sentiment shared by Ó Fearghail.

“We are going to review should we have 100 free-to-air matches and should we reduce that because many of our supporters and members are saying that we have far too many games, that it is cutting down the number of people in attendance,” Ó Fearghail told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke programme.

“I think we may have too many because a lot of clubs find it is putting pressure on them. Every Sunday there are two matches live and there are less and less people going to our games. My view is we certainly should review it. “If change is needed, it will happen. I’m not sure that will happen, but certainly we should need to examine that.”

Ó Fearghail was adamant GAA viewing figures had not suffered as a result of the Sky deal.

“There is no doubt it has brought greater access across Britain. The only delegates who spoke at Congress on the media rights deal were delegates from Britain. They accepted it and thought it was great because now there is access to matches on a platform that wasn’t there previously. The debate within the GAA is over as regards the media rights deal. There was no negative comment all weekend about the media deal.

“Whether the Sky viewing numbers are relevant to us... we don’t go out checking how many people open new AIB bank accounts because they are a sponsor of ours.”


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