Saturday 10 December 2016

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GAA smart enough to know that alienating grass-roots core with Sky deal would destroy very principles that make it special

Published 29/03/2014 | 02:30

GAA continues to flirt with murmurs of a future contaminated by pay-per-view
GAA continues to flirt with murmurs of a future contaminated by pay-per-view
A general view of a television camera recording the action in a GAA game at Croke Park, Dublin.

You didn't have to belong to the Christian-right of GAA politics to swallow a little hard this week at stories that Sky Sports are at the negotiation table for championship TV rights.

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Rumour holds that Rupert Murdoch may be close to securing a 10-game package, including two All-Ireland quarter-finals, as the GAA continues to flirt with murmurs of a future contaminated by pay-per-view.

It is hard to think of a more inflammatory philosophical leap open to the Association than that of charging its members for the privilege of watching games from their own sofas.

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