Friday 2 December 2016

You should never not bid for TV sports

RTE can defend losing the Rugby World Cup to TV3, but here's the lesson - sport is worth the money, writes Declan Lynch

Published 18/10/2015 | 02:30

‘Asked if we’d win the World Cup I said, “let’s get the Euros out of the way first”’
‘Asked if we’d win the World Cup I said, “let’s get the Euros out of the way first”’

It is possible to defend RTE's loss of the Rugby World Cup to TV3, in two ways.

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Firstly you could defend it on purely humanitarian grounds - given that RTE's head of sport Ryle Nugent is himself a man of rugby, it is hard not to feel the deepest compassion for him in particular on this day, all the more so when you consider that he might well have been doing the commentary himself.

And if you were consumed by these feelings of Christian charity, you might add that Ryle could not be accused of over promoting his own interests during that bidding process.

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