Wednesday 28 September 2016

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

Published 25/09/2015 | 16:27

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.

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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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