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GPA: Players won't be paid for Sky interviews

Published 02/04/2014 | 12:02

Sky Sports secures rights for GAA Championships
Sky Sports secures rights for GAA Championships

The Gaelic Players' Association has said that GAA players will not be paid for doing interviews with Sky Sports.

GPA spokesperson Sean Potts, speaking on Sean O'Rourke this morning on RTE Radio One, said that inter-county stars should not expect compensation for engaging  with interviews with the newest GAA broadcaster.

"They are not paid to be interviewed on RTE but certainly if they are promoting Sky's coverage of gaelic games that's a different matter," he said.

"Our players are not contracted to the game, they play voluntarily, for the love of the county, for the love of the jersey.

"We'd be very much to the fore in ensuring that any new rights holders coming in to the market understand the relationship between the players and the game."

The GPA has welcomed the GAA's decision to deal with the broadcasting giant because of the increased exposure our national games will now garner.

"We'd welcome it and the reason why we would welcome it is quite clear. We believe that any move by the GAA that increases exposure for our games and our players is welcome by the Players Association," he added.

"Their commitment to increase access to games overseas is something that the GPA has been working on itself for a number of years in the States to try and promote.

"The GAA has been very good over the last 10-15 years at promoting grassroots development abroad in Australia, in Europe and in the United States.

"We believe there was a need to pitch the county game to new audiences abroad and particularly the United States.

"I think the GAA is safeguarding it's own  commercial future . It is a commercial move. It need s to be commercially viable and it needs to compete with other sports.

"Rugby has become popularised in the country over the last 10 years and the GAA needs to be in there in the mix."

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