Thursday 27 April 2017

Eugene McGee: Time for GAA to bring back autumn start to leagues

Eugene McGee

Eugene McGee

Last Saturday I noticed there were seven pages of soccer coverage and six pages devoted to rugby in the compact edition of the Irish Independent but only a couple of pages of Gaelic games. The proportions were much the same in the other national newspapers, both tabloid and broadsheet. This will be the situation for the next few months and simply reflects the levels of high-grade sport on offer.

The GAA nowadays puts great focus on promoting the games through sponsorship, matches live on television etc, but one wonders if they always have their priorities right. Publicity is the fuel that powers sports promotion, whether it be heavyweight boxing or a night at the dogs.

But in the GAA the greatest promotion, by far, is the actual games themselves. It is the games that draw the crowds, thus creating the coverage in newspapers, radio, television and internet, which further promotes the cause of the GAA.

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