Friday 22 June 2018

Sky and GAA refuse to rule out throw-in time changes

Damien Fitzhenry, DJ Carey, Andrew Flintoff, Rob Beckett and Jamie Redknapp. Photo: Sportsfile
Damien Fitzhenry, DJ Carey, Andrew Flintoff, Rob Beckett and Jamie Redknapp. Photo: Sportsfile
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Broadcaster Sky and the GAA have both refused to rule out the possibility of changing game throw-in times to accommodate television coverage of hurling and Gaelic football.

It comes amid controversy over a 22-minute delay in the Sky Sports coverage of the Leinster SHC game between Kilkenny and Wexford in Nolan Park at the weekend.

The broadcaster apologised after it showed extra-time in the All-Ireland SFC between Meath and Tyrone, resulting in the delay of the Kilkenny-Wexford coverage. Sky said it would be taking steps to "ensure that broadcasting clashes" do not occur again. Both the GAA and Sky stonewalled questions from the Irish Independent yesterday about whether discussions would take place around a change in game throw-in times. A spokesperson at Sky's UK base said after discussions with the Irish office, there would be no comment.

"We'll be unable to provide a comment on this," she said.

When asked, the GAA also refused to comment on the possibility of changing throw-ins times for the same reason. Croke Park would also not clarify who gave the go-ahead for a half-time stunt which saw a shoot-out involving English footballer Jamie Redknapp, cricketer Freddie Flintoff and presenter Rob Beckett, dressed in Kilkenny kit, with legendary Wexford goalie Damien Fitzhenry. It was filmed for a segment yet to be aired on the Sky programme 'A League of Their Own'.

Irish Independent

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