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Dubs and Tipp head pay-out lists from 2017 leagues

Dublin’s drawing power in Croke Park – and indeed when they visit provincial grounds – ensures that they almost always head the income list. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Dublin’s drawing power in Croke Park – and indeed when they visit provincial grounds – ensures that they almost always head the income list. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Dublin and Tipperary topped the earning lists from last year's Allianz Leagues, beating Division 1 football and hurling winners Kerry and Galway into third and fourth places respectively.

Dublin, who lost the football final to Kerry, received a pay-out of €213,892, more than €20,000 ahead of Tipperary, who lost the hurling final to Galway. Kerry got €157,220, with Galway on €154,220. Distribution of league monies is based on a number of considerations.

Rent for venues, plus contributions to insurance and injury funds, are deducted from gross gate receipts, after which the remaining fund is distributed among the 32 counties, as well as London, Warwickshire and Lancashire.

Counties in the lower divisions, which draw relatively small crowds, have their contribution subsidised by income from the general pot.

At the top of the table Dublin and Tipperary received more than Kerry and Galway on the basis of crowds at their divisional games.

Share-out

Dublin's drawing power in Croke Park - and indeed when they visit provincial grounds - ensures that they almost always head the income list, which is usually comprised of the finalists in both codes.

Mayo's drawing power took them into fifth place on the income share-out despite failing to reach the final. However, they attract very big crowds for their home games in Castlebar.

Wexford's revival under Davy Fitzgerald, which saw them top the 1B hurling table before reaching the semi-finals where they lost to Tipperary, took them into sixth place on the pay-out list.

Antrim, Armagh, Carlow, Derry, Fermanagh, Laois, Longford, Louth and Westmeath all received less than €50,000.

The total amount paid to all the counties was €2.9 million from and overall league income of €5.23m. The 2017 leagues saw gate receipt increases in football and hurling. Despite the removal of semi-finals, the football yield increased by almost €500,000 while hurling was up by €72,000.

The top 16 earners from last year's leagues were as follows:

1. Dublin..................................€213,892

2. Tipperary............................€193,535

3. Kerry...................................€157,220

4. Galway................................€154,538

5. Mayo...................................€143,805

6. Wexford...............................€131,298

7. Cork.....................................€112,964

8. Cavan....................................€111,152

9. Waterford...........................€103,745

10. Donegal.............................€103,642

11. Kilkenny..............................€99,785

12. Monaghan..........................€96,224

13. Roscommon.......................€94,165

14. Clare...................................€93,296

15. Limerick...............................€87,151

16. Tyrone................................€82,966

Irish Independent

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