Sunday 16 June 2019

Carney: We will bring gizmos and gadgets to our GAA coverage

Carney also revealed that reduced rates will be offered to clubs

Brian Carney has vowed that Sky Sports will bring a new level analysis to the GAA this summer and is delighted to be part of the newly formed team.

The former rugby league player was today unveiled as a presenter along with Rachel Wyse and will be joined by hurling analysts Jamesie O'Connor and Nicky English, as well as football pundits Peter Canavan and Paul Earley.

Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty will be the GAA commentators for the broadcaster.

Carney has revealed that he actively sought the role and believes viewers will be pleased with the new product.

“I’m delighted,” he conceded on Jonathan Healy’s Newstalk show this afternoon.

“When I first heard of Sky’s involvement I put my hand up and said ‘please consider me,’” he said.

“They have put together a great team. I was anxious at the start and spoke to Jamesie O’Connor and Peter Canavan. I want to do a good job,” he added.

Carney has said that Sky respects the place GAA has in Irish society but that no stone will be left unturned when their broadcasting kicks off with live coverage of Kilkenny and Offaly in the Leister hurling championship.

“We want to bring production values from other sports into the GAA. We will bring in gizmos and gadgets, though not all at once."

“There are big resources and you will see great analysis.”

Carney admitted that the controversial decision of Sky Sports to enter the GAA market and the pay-wall system is something he considered carefully before deciding to join the new team and says measures will be taken to alleviate fears that certain members of society won’t have access to their games.

“I have mulled it around in my head, but it was a deal agreed by the GAA, so you would have to go with them and trust their decision.”

“There will be an announcement in coming weeks for clubs to make games more accessible to clubs at a reduced rate,” he added.

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