Sky's interest in the GAA good or bad?

ruman

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The GAA has put a lot of resources into county teams as the showpiece while neglecting the club game.

It's a hard one though. The GAA faces a tough battle for the hearts and minds of young kids, its very hard to compete against Ronaldo/Messi. The IRFU have also being doing a good job promoting their game and also offer a "career" at home playing the sport.

Personally I've moved to a position where I have almost no interest in professional sports these days. But if you cant get the kids down on a Saturday morning then you're dying a slow death. Sky and the promotion of the county game is an attempt to counter that.

Danger is you end up like rugby where the club game is effectively dead.
 


Roberto Jordan

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Roberto, you're not so much fundamentalist as somewhat tribalist. You've spent almost as much space in your last post criticising people expressing opinions as you did on fundamental issues of An CLG (one of which is commercialism). Your gaa purity is noted.
Noted...it certainly reads like shooting the messenger... but in summary my point is that many who vent do so from a position of fundamental dislike while many of the others are part of the problem of commercialization themselves - being more discommoded or aggrieved from the absence of a handful of games from free to air TV than from the rampant growth of commercialization/ the county game etc.
 

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Sky has had a huge negative impact on participation levels in cricket since they bought the sport. They have also blocked plans to reorganize the international schedule as well as completely redrawing the schedule for the domestic game. All to satisfy their advertisers.
And today sees the first day/night Test in England, in August when the dew is thick on the grass, just to see if Sky can't get more viewers in the evening than they do in the afternoon.
 

Dasayev

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This deal is like the odd couple. Murdoch, whose media empire is little Englander, while the GAA was born out of a cutural and nationalist revival. It shouldn't exist when you think about it.

The only thing that unites them is money. And that is odd for the GAA who demand that their players do what they do for nothing.

And then there is the moral issue. Murdoch's media empire have done all kinds of nasty things, from supporting wars to hacking the phones of dead children. The GAA should really be keeping better company.

The audiences also appear to be tiny. So how does it make sense to put something on television but have more people attend the games? Surely that can't be sustainable for Sky.

I wonder in SKY HQ do they have dreams of a breakaway championship. A new professional competition, where they would own 100% of the rights.

Welcome to Super Summer Sunday, the Dublin Devils versus the Belfast Bears, live and exclusive to Sky Sports...
 

ne0ica

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Good. Irish people have this strange notion that because GAA is played by amateurs it should be given away for free.
 

paulp

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I am a big GAA fan, go to a lot of matches and am usually involved with some underage team or other.

Too many decisions of late have been focused on elite.
eg.
Black card - no impact to top teams (they have a talented bench)
u18 moves to u17 - changed to accomodate to 2-3% of players to detriment of remainder, more likely people will stop playing earlier as a consequence
Super 8 - does nothing for weaker teams but extends elite
back door - top teams get a 2nd chance for a bad day out

Sky is another example. While I understand GAAs need to have competition in with the rights, and God knows, RTEs coverage is substandard, giving exclusive rights to ppv is not the solution.
 

paulp

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Good. Irish people have this strange notion that because GAA is played by amateurs it should be given away for free.
no.

What is purpose and mission of GAA?
Does making high demand matchs exclusively available to ppv channels help their mission or not?
 

runwiththewind

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Jeff Stelling and Chris Kamara -the finest English Gentlemen you could get.

Jeff should be a Sir Jeff for his role on Sky Sports.
There's nothing to fear from Gaelic Games on Sky Sports apart from the "professional" debate etc.

You forget that Irish people are everywhere in all parts of English society these days. It's natural that the English would be curious to our customs and sporting heritage.
Natural! LOL. Then why has it taken 100s of years to show an interest.
 

The_SR

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no.

What is purpose and mission of GAA?
Does making high demand matchs exclusively available to ppv channels help their mission or not?
Of course it helps. Falling crowds and a slashing of sports grants mean they need a new revenue stream just to stand still.
 

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To be honest most Brits weren't even Gaelic Games even existed before it was shown on Sky, its hard to believe when you live in Ireland where its the centre of the universe, but thats the fact of the matter.
 

Bill E Bunter

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Yes. Crowds that are falling
GAA attendances were down in 2016 but actual revenue from gates was up over 3 million from 26.7 million to 30.1 million. Mainly due to final replay.
And attendances are likely to be back up again this year.
 

The_SR

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GAA attendances were down in 2016 but actual revenue from gates was up over 3 million from 26.7 million to 30.1 million. Mainly due to final replay.
And attendances are likely to be back up again this year.
Attendances this year have been rubbish.
 

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I don't watch much sports myself but I know what it means to people and the GAA is an organisation that depends absolutely on volunteers working for free, if Skys involvement means that any of the people who watch it can no longer watch it without paying then that seems unacceptable to me.
They don't need the money anyway, what is this extra dosh going to be spent on?
Is the GAA going down the FAI, UEFA, FIFA, Olympics direction where all the non-sports suits and blazers enrich themselves?
SFAIK people who go to games have to pay for their tickets.

Who are these people who get game tickets without paying?
 


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