Sunday 23 November 2014

Pandering to Sky could cause our games to lose identity

Diarmuid Lyng

Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30

Supporters queue in line as Oisin Furlong, from the local Shelmaliers GAA Club, has his jersey signed by Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning long after the game had finished. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Wexford v Dublin, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Supporters queue in line as Oisin Furlong, from the local Shelmaliers GAA Club, has his jersey signed by Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning long after the game had finished. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Wexford v Dublin, Wexford Park, Wexford. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Minute silences, national anthems and youngsters who have gotten so carried away they've lost their bearings. the tannoy should be used for very little else .

Not to tell the crowd when to roar; not to mention sponsors' names at every opportunity and definitely not to tell kids to stay off the field at the end of the game for fear of ruining the aesthetics for our new friends at Sky. I've never heard it before in Wexford Park for, let's say, a game that TG4 are covering. So, why now. Marketing campaigns continuously push the fact that the game is part of what we are.

And, apparently, we must exploit that. Selling our 'product' that way, it is argued, benefits the game as a whole. But taking away the connection with the people, the kids on the field enjoying themselves after a game is downright insanity.

But not to worry, we can always blame it on the Playstation.

DL

Irish Independent

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