Eugene McGee: In these times of austerity, GAA should give their fans a bailout
At long last the GAA is making a conscious decision to start marketing their inter-county games. Even though they have been forced into this by declining attendances and serious competition from soccer and the Olympic Games this summer, it is still very welcome.
There is nothing as depressing as being at a championship game on a warm summer's day with only a few thousand people in attendance.
There are, of course, many reasons for declining attendances, such as live TV coverage, poor quality games, the damage done to knockout competition by the qualifiers and a changing society which now decrees that Sundays are family days rather than the day for going to GAA games.