Sport Gaelic Football

Friday 23 March 2018

Paul Earley

We've an obligation to make game attractive

"Some managers will probably disagree with this, but I feel that we have an obligation to make the game attractive to not only established GAA people, but also to try and attract new audiences as we're competing with growing international sports like rugby all the time.

"We have to make some adjustments to the rule regarding the handpass because watching 10 or 12 of them put together is not that attractive. People pay to watch the skills of the game performed under the constraints of time and space, that's why I was disappointed to see that the mark didn't stick, as contested high fielding is one of the best features of the game.

"Essentially, we want to make kick-passing, and the one-on-one battles between players take centre stage and I think 13-a-side could detract from that a little bit."

Irish Independent

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