Friday 18 August 2017

Rugby not just about money

I APPLAUD Communications Minister Eamon Ryan's proposal to have such immensely popular rugby events as the Six Nations Championship and the Heineken Cup broadcast on free-to-air TV.

The Irish Rugby Football Union's (IRFU) response to this announcement is nothing short of scrooge-like. How dare it seek to restrict who can and cannot see the big matches. Rugby was around for a long time before corporate sponsorship was ever heard of.

The organisation's high-handed attitude has echoes of the elitism and arrogance that once characterised the Irish rugby scene: better-off people can watch the game, but it's tough luck for those on a lower income, the plebs whose sporting interests don't count.

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