Not so lovely hurling – why the league’s top flight needs to revert to merit order

Big counties must be prepared to step outside comfort zone to breathe life into ailing competition

Cathal O'Neill of Limerick on the burst against Kevin Foley of Wexford during the Division 1 Group A match at TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo: Tyler Miller/Sportsfile

Colm Keys

For a time between 1997 – when a decision was taken to play it in the same calendar year – and 2012, the hurling league must have been the most tampered-with competition in sport.