Thursday 29 June 2017

Late start sparks TV blackout fears for Munster final replay

Gaelic Games

Fionn Fitzgerald kicks the equalising point in the dying seconds of the Munster SFC final in Killarney
Fionn Fitzgerald kicks the equalising point in the dying seconds of the Munster SFC final in Killarney
Barry Solan, pictured here last year as Kildare lead strength and conditioning coach, will continue to work for Mayo despite linking up with Arsenal in a similar role
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Munster Council have confirmed an evening throw-in for Saturday week's provincial SFC final replay between Kerry and Cork in Killarney later today but a question mark hangs over whether it can be broadcast live on TV.

RTé are hoping to be able to provide live coverage but that could present a conflict with Sky Sports who are scheduled to show two football qualifiers involving the winners of this weekend's 2B clashes.

Sky's Saturday coverage had tended to focus on 7pm matches but as expected, Munster have fixed the replay for 7pm that evening. It will clash unless the qualifiers were moved to earlier starting times, not something likely to happen for scheduling reasons.

There had been speculation that the match might be moved to Sunday because of traffic issues.

Meanwhile, Barry Solan will continue to work as Mayo strength and conditioning coach despite linking up with Arsenal in a similar role.

Solan, who has also worked with Laois and Kildare in recent years and has been a club player with his native Ballaghaderreen, will combine both roles with the blessing of the Premier League club.

Irish Independent

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