GAA unveil trimmed tv schedule
The GAA has unveiled their live TV football championship schedule, which will feature 10 fewer games in a new deal thrashed out with RTE and TV3, writes COLM KEYS.
The early-round qualifiers will bear the brunt of the reduced schedule.
RTE will unveil details of a new magazine programme at their championship schedule launch next Monday when they will also roll out two new 'Sunday Game' analysts.
Meanwhile, last Sunday's live coverage of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final on TG4 achieved the highest audience ratings ever for the channel.
The audience peaked at 430,000 at 5.35, while on average 310,000 were tuned in to watch Dublin overwhelm Kilkenny and record a historic triumph.
live TV championship schedule
(RTE unless stated)
May 15 -- Ulster SFC: Donegal v Antrim
May 22 -- Leinster SFC: Kildare v Wicklow, Laois v Longford
May 28 -- Ulster SFC: Armagh v Down
June 4 -- Munster SFC semi-final: Limerick v Kerry or Tipperary
June 5 -- Leinster SFC: Kildare or Wicklow v Meath; Laois or Longford v Dublin (TV3)
June 12 -- Connacht SFC semi-final: Sligo or Leitrim v Roscommon
June 19 -- Ulster SFC semi-final: Derry or Fermanagh v Armagh or Down
June 26 -- Leinster SFC semi-final: Kildare or Wicklow or Meath v Laois or Longford or Dublin. Connacht SFC semi-final: Mayo or London v Galway
July 3 -- Munster SFC final
July 10 -- Leinster SFC final
July 17 -- Ulster SFC final (TV3 ); Connacht SFC final (TV3)
- The fourth-round All-Ireland qualifiers and All-Ireland quarter-finals will take place between July 23 and July 31.
- It has yet to be confirmed which broadcaster will be covering the following games:
August 21 -- All-Ireland SFC semi-final
August 28 -- All-Ireland SFC semi -final
September 18 -- All-Ireland SFC final