Tuesday 20 February 2018

RTÉ pundit Michael Duignan passionately criticises the GAA's deal with Sky

Michael Duignan Credit: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Michael Duignan Credit: Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Offaly hurling legend Michael Duignan has emotively lambasted the GAA's broadcasting deal with Sky.

Speaking on The Sunday Game, the two-time All-Ireland winner branded the fact that Waterford's thrilling victory over Kilkenny in Thurles yesterday was not available free-to-air as "disgraceful".

"To me the biggest disgrace of the weekend was on Saturday evening, that that Waterford-Kilkenny wasn't shown on free-to-air television in this country," he said.

"The Sky deal is so wrong on so many levels and it's not because I'm in RTÉ working for the Sunday Game.

"My parents are at home, my father is 83 years of age. A savage hurling man. Why should he go to the pub? He doesn't go to the pub to watch a match.

"They have enough money in the GAA. How much money to they want? What about the people who have supported it all their lives that can't watch it? I think it's disgraceful."

Sky have exclusive rights to 14 championship games every summer until 2022.

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