Tuesday 28 February 2017

RTE ignore Shamrock Rovers plea and will broadcast their game with champions Dundalk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A general view of a television camera at Tallaght Stadium. Picture credit; Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
A general view of a television camera at Tallaght Stadium. Picture credit; Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

RTE will show live coverage of Shamrock Rovers' clash with Dundalk on October 9 despite the fact that the Airtricity League club wrote to them earlier this year asking that their games at Tallaght Stadium not be broadcast.

Rovers argued that the live matches are hitting attendances, especially when they lead to earlier kick-off times.

The Hoops hierarchy believe that the loss of ticket revenue for each live match is in the region of €10,000, with regular attendees opting to watch at home instead.

League of Ireland members do not receive compensation when their games are picked for TV exposure, a situation which is a major source of frustration amongst the leading outfits who are generally under the spotlight.

The game between the Hoops and Dundalk will now kick-off at 7.45.

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