Sunday 23 April 2017

Munster Council bans video analysts from press boxes

The decision from the Munster Council has sparked debate
The decision from the Munster Council has sparked debate

James Donoghue

The Munster GAA Council in a bizarre decision has banned counties from videoing games in the province.

The counties have been told that they are no longer permitted to record matches but they will be provided with a DVD from RTE afterwards.

The Munster Council has also banned the counties from having team analysts in the press boxes producing “live feed” from the game.

With video-analysis becoming part and parcel of the game, this is seen as a backwards step from the Munster Council.

 It means that live analysis, using real time footage, will not be possible by teams unless they come to an agreement with RTE to obtain live feed by connecting directly to their outside broadcast unit.

Moroney's letter reads: “While technically possible to provide a cabled ‘live feed’ in some locations within certain stadia it raises serious health and safety issues viz a viz the protection of both the patrons and indeed the cable itself en route and the potential disruption if technical failure or other issues arise.

“There would also be a cost factor falling on the counties requiring same. This option is not therefore permitted.”

Provincial chief executive Simon Moroney wrote a letter to the six county boards outlining his reasons for the rules “while technically possible to provide a cabled ‘live feed’ in some locations within certain stadia it raises serious health and safety issues”.

The new restrictions will apply to Munster championship games but are also likely to affect the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals in Thurles and qualifier games in the province.

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