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RTÉ chief says sales will show merit of LOI coverage


Declan McBennett

Declan McBennett

Declan McBennett

RTÉ's head of Sport Declan McBennett has said there can be no complaints about League of Ireland coverage if there is a slow take-up for the new WATCHLOI streaming service.

Covid-19 restrictions have resulted in an experiment which will see all remaining Premier Division games in the 2020 season broadcast live in some capacity.

The FAI have partnered with RTÉ to screen games through the platform that hosts GAAGO with the prospect of closed doors, or extremely limited attendances, accelerating plans to utilise it.

With 55-plus league and cup games available to Irish-based buyers and 65-plus matches for those abroad, McBennett insists the response to a deal (averaging around €1 per game) should reveal the potential for the venture to be a longer-term success.

"There's no excuses here. The numbers of the subscriptions domestically and internationally will prove the merit of it.

"Nobody in soccer can say they're not getting coverage here, this is pretty much every game now," said McBennett ahead of the July 31 resumption. 

RTÉ will still show their quota of live games on regular TV.