Wednesday 20 November 2019

THE THROW-IN PODCAST: An All Ireland final at Kentucky Fried Chicken Park? It could happen says Joe Brolly

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Joe Brolly joins Will Slattery for an extra episode of the Throw-In this week to explain why he has an apocalyptic vision for future of the GAA.

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"The GAA will  it end up like cricket with all the games on pay-per-view," says Brolly.   "An All Ireland final at Kentucky Fried Chicken Park?  It might not be that far away.  We're seeing the slow infiltration of corporate capitalism into the GAA.  The GAA leadership sound like the CEOs of a merchant bank nowadays."

"If the inter county scene is the be all and end all, and the club scene gets forgotten about and then what’s the point in playing Gaelic games?  Clubs are increasingly becoming an inconvenience and GAA HQ is so embedded with corporations they don’t know how to solve it."

As for the GAA in 2050?  Brolly says look at soccer in England.

"The national team has slumped, money dominates, corporatisation has meant that loyalty and sense of community doesn’t matter.  Elitism and audience are the drivers and below that is nothing."

 

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