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GPA: Players won't be paid for Sky interviews

Published 02/04/2014 | 12:02

1 April 2014; SKY SPORTS will show the All-Ireland Gaelic Football and Hurling Championships after securing a three-year deal to show live matches from June 2014. For the first time, Sky viewers can enjoy the excitement, passion and drama of both Gaelic Football and Hurling on Sky Sports, with weekly live coverage plus the Semi-Finals and Finals from each sport. The agreement comprises:
LIVE  20 matches including the Semi-Finals and Finals. 14 matches will be exclusively live in Ireland, with the Semi-Finals and Final also on free-to-air TV. All 20 matches exclusively live in Great Britain. SKY SPORTS NEWS  Midweek highlights as well as news, interviews and results on 24-hour news channel Sky Sports News. ONLINE  Match reports, fixtures and interviews as well as news, blogs, videos and galleries on ON THE GO  Live GAA matches available to watch on mobile for the first time at no extra cost to Sky Sports subscribers via Sky Go. All 20 games, beginning in Nowlan Park with Kilkenny v Offaly in the All Ireland Leinster Hurling Championship on 7th June, will be broadcast in standard definition and High Definition. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
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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