Sky Sports have been broadcasting GAA since the summer of 2014, as they continue to cover the championship. It’s fair to say that the current arrangement has not gone down well in all quarters, as Michael Duignan’s comments on The Sunday Game two weeks ago garnered huge traction.
“The Sky deal is so wrong on so many levels. My father’s 83 years of age – a savage hurling man. Why should he have to go to a pub to watch the match? There’s enough money in the GAA. How much money do you want? How about the people that have supported the game all their lives?”
Michael Duignan has his say on the GAA selling TV rights to Sky.
Posted by The Sunday Game on Sunday, July 9, 2017
Speaking to media at the launch of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championships, President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl gave his thoughts on the issue.
“The media rights is about all that can go in, can go out. Do we want to go back to the day, which the GAA used to do, to pay a media provider to cover our games? Those days are all over so there is no debate.
“There were 30 votes at Congress against the media rights deal. The debate is over.”
“I like debate; it is good as long as it is never nasty.
“The democratic process is what drives us and that process, through clubs, counties and provinces, is very comfortable with the deal at the moment.” Quotes via The Irish Mirror.
Sky’s current deal will the GAA runs through until 2021.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we hear from Cathal McCarron after Tyrone’s Ulster final victory, and chat to Shane McGrath ahead of Tipperary vs Clare.