What are the odds? Who’s likely - and not so likely - to line out for Sky Sports this summer
With Sky Sports’ first live GAA broadcast less than four weeks away, here are the possibilities for who may be appearing over the summer months for the broadcaster.
Rachel Wyse: The Sky Sports |News presenter and Irish |Independent columnist (pictured left) has been heavily tipped for the job since the deal was first announced, but she has yet to be confirmed Odds: evens.
Niall Quinn: The man who was once the all-time record scorer for the Republic of Ireland, and played for Arsenal, Manchester and Sunderland over a career spanning decades, is also a former Dublin minor hurler. Was heavily tipped before ruling out the possibility at the weekend.
Matt Cooper: The former presenter of TV3’s Championship Sunday, Cooper is supremely comfortable behind the camera. But would the people across the water be able to understand that lilting Cork accent? Odds: 9/1.
Michael Lyster: He wouldn’t, or then again would he? The sight of the RTÉ veteran heading for Sky |to front their GAA coverage would be seen as a sign that Rupert Murdoch really wants to take on the old guard ... and win.|Odds: 16/1.
Jason Sherlock: No stranger to |the cameras thanks to his previous work with RTÉ, the former Dublin footballer is considered something of a shoe-in by many of the bookmakers to feature on Sky Sports’ coverage. Odds: 4/6.
Kevin Moran: He knows how to talk the talk and walk the walk. |As a pundit on TV3 and other |channels over the years, he’s fared impressively well in front of the |television cameras. And on top of| all that, he would command the respect of the old GAA purists and the newcomers to the sports alike. Odds: evens.
Paul Galvin: The retired Kerry |man is an enigma, and many believe that the lure of a big international audience could convince him to |join Sky. Odds: 11/8.
Shane Long: Will have plenty spare of time on his hands this summer after the end of the soccer season |in England — and the Hull City striker has a sizeable profile in the
UK, which will only work to help his chances of working with Sky. Odds: 11/10.
John Mullane: He’s passionate, |outspoken and he’s not afraid to call it exactly as he sees it. The Waterford hurling colossus could get Sky’s coverage off to a flyer |this summer. Odds: 3/1.
Donal Óg Cusack: Many believe this is where the smart money should go. Cusack has excelled on RTÉ’s Sunday Game. Odds: 7/2