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Thursday 29 September 2016

Off The Ball: Championship deserves better TV coverage

Donny Mahoney

Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30

The hunger here for innovative wall-to-wall coverage of the GAA rivals that of any country
The hunger here for innovative wall-to-wall coverage of the GAA rivals that of any country

The Championship returns to our lives this Sunday afternoon in Ballybofey.

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It might be a seasonal coincidence, but all the crap months to live in Ireland are the ones where there's no proper to GAA to watch and discuss.

I often wonder what the marketeers who drive American sport would do with the launch of the GAA season. There would definitely be a flyover with fighter jets. Probably Enya fronting the reunited Clannad to sing Amhrán na bhFiann. Daniel O'Donnell would play a set at half-time. Television build-up would begin around 9.00am with a Mass attended by both teams near the Donegal-Tyrone border, presided over by priests from both counties.

Two weeks ago, I heard Joe Brolly's appeal to save the amateur spirit of the game. I agree on many levels. But the hunger here for innovative wall-to-wall coverage of the GAA rivals that of any country.

Will those who broadcast our games rise to the challenge this year? You tease us with your promos and then fail us with the same bland coverage. Here's hoping for something new.

Irish Independent

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