Monday 20 November 2017

Dublin's media blackout won't benefit their All-Ireland bid

Bernard Brogan: Tight-lipped
Bernard Brogan: Tight-lipped

Colm Parkinson (Off the ball)

Last week, I sent Bernard Brogan a text to take a call off the show. He had been involved in one of the greatest games of football ever played and had played brilliantly himself. He's also a friend of mine, so I knew he would be happy to do it.

The only problem was the choice was out of his hands. He asked permission from the team's media manager, who advised him against taking the 10-minute call.

When I called his media manager he informed me that it was Jim Gavin's wish that no interviews were to take place.

What harm would that call have done to Dublin? I'm sure the thousands of Dublin football fans that listen to the show would love to hear what their talisman thought of the game. Instead the fans get nothing.

Dublin footballers are just one of many counties that go to ground after winning games, almost treating the media as sworn enemies.

Only one team can win the All-Ireland and many factors will come into play on Sunday week when determining who will prevail – but a player taking a call from a sports show three weeks earlier will not be one of them.


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