Tuesday 16 October 2018

No debate on Sky deal until 2019 despite concerns

 

Under GAA rules, a motion which fails to get one-third of the votes cannot be tabled for the next three years unless the Management Committee allows it “in exceptional circumstances” (stock picture)
Under GAA rules, a motion which fails to get one-third of the votes cannot be tabled for the next three years unless the Management Committee allows it “in exceptional circumstances” (stock picture)
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

There will no further debate at Congress on the GAA's controversial deal with Sky Sports - or any other subscription television channel - until 2019 at the earliest.

Roscommon and Leitrim passed motions late last year calling on the GAA not to renew the deal for championship coverage, while Clare also opposed pay-per-view contracts at their convention.

However, none of the motions have made it onto the agenda for Congress in Croke Park on February 23/24.

That's due to the heavy defeat suffered by a Dublin motion two years ago which called for all televised senior inter-county championship games to be available on free-to-air channels.

It was beaten on a 85-15 per cent vote, a majority which prevents it from being re-submitted until 2019.

Under GAA rules, a motion which fails to get one-third of the votes cannot be tabled for the next three years unless the Management Committee allows it "in exceptional circumstances".

Management were fully behind the Sky deal - struck as part of the overall media rights package - so it's most unlikely they will allow any further debate at Congress until 2019, which is two years before the latest arrangements expire.

The GAA completed a five-year media rights deal in late 2016, having previously run with three-year terms. The latest package yielded €11.5 million last year, an increase of €1.3 million on 2016.

Irish Independent

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