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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Video: I haven't been asked to join Sky Sports' GAA lineup - Colm Cooper

Published 15/04/2014|18:13

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Injured Kerry legend Colm Cooper has not been approached to join Sky Sports GAA coverage which will begin next month.

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Sky Sports often use injured players in their soccer and rugby coverage and with the Gooch sidelined with a cruciate knee injury for the rest of the season, he would be an ideal candidate to join their team but no contact has been made as of yet.

"No I haven't been approached," he told Independent.ie.

Sky Sports will broadcast 14 games live exclusively this summer and will also show all four All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in both codes.

Just how the deal will impact older GAA fans is a concern for the Dr Crokes forward.

"It's an interesting deal. From one angle it's an exciting deal and talking to other people they have watched soccer on Sky Sports and are excited to see what they can bring to it," he added.

"From the GAA and grassroots level, there are a lot of people who are concerned now that they have to pay a subscription to watch their game that they have been watching for 30 and 40 and 50 years.

"That's a worrying aspect but we'll have to see how it plays out."

Dublin hurling boss Anthony Daly will be focusing on his duties but supports the deal even though it will impact on his 84-year-old mother.

"I understand the arguments, my mother lives at home on her own she doesn't have Sky. Luckily my uncle who is a year older at 85 has it across the road so we'll get her across to see whatever games she needs to," he said.

"It is difficult for some people but yet we have this fantastic brand in both codes and you meet people and they have never seen it.

"To be at last year's All-Ireland final and replay and to meet some foreign people afterwards, they were just blown away by the spectacle in front of them."

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