Sunday 21 December 2014

Another year, another epic that won't be on television

Donny Mahoney

Published 25/06/2014 | 02:30

Joe Canning will be looking to conjure up some more magic in Galway's Leinster SHC semi-final replay against Kilkenny this Saturday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Joe Canning will be looking to conjure up some more magic in Galway's Leinster SHC semi-final replay against Kilkenny this Saturday. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

It wouldn't be summer without a brilliant game of hurling not being televised.

Last year, Dublin's hard-fought slaying of Kilkenny in a replay was web only. If you can't make it to Tullamore on Saturday, you'll want to ensure your internet bill is paid, as your telly won't be much use to you if you want to watch Galway and Kilkenny square off again.

It's hard to know which GAA bureaucrats to feel more let down by – the lads at HQ, who instituted the odd law that two games can't be simultaneously televised, or the lads at Leinster Council, who chose to schedule the game at 7.0 – right when Monaghan-Armagh throws in on Sky Sports 3 – thus ensuring O'Connor Park will be standing room only.

RTE have been quick off the mark to declare their interest in having the match televised. One hopes they are as diligent in ensuring the quality of the telecast for the online audience. Online coverage of the Cork-Waterford replay this month was beneath the standard of a national broadcaster.

Imagine if Canning and Shefflin conjure something more epic this Saturday. If Enda Kenny wanted to restore confidence in his government, he'd make the match free-to-air. Now that's the kind of change that people need.

Irish Independent

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