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The GAA didn't make as much extra revenue as you'd think from last year's Sky media deal

The TV rights deal created huge controversy last year.

Sky Sports pundits Ollie Canning and Jamesie O'Connor with presenters Brian Carney and Rachel Wyse before last year's Kilkenny Offaly match.
Sky Sports pundits Ollie Canning and Jamesie O'Connor with presenters Brian Carney and Rachel Wyse before last year's Kilkenny Offaly match.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

THE GAA ONLY netted an extra €356,000 in media revenue last year despite the arrival of Sky Sports as a new television partner.

Sky began broadcasting live GAA matches for the first time last summer in a move that sparked controversy.

Yet figures released yesterday as part of the GAA’s financial annual report show that there was only a slight increase in the media revenue the association received – up €356,000 to €10.5m.

Overall the GAA’s financial year was described as ‘stable and healthy’ by their Finance Director Tom Ryan.

Tom Ryan GAA Finance Director Tom Ryan. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Here’s some of the other standout facts and figures from yesterday’s launch:

  • Increase of just under €1.6m in revenues to €56.2m
  • Gate receipts stable at €29m
  • Central Council championship attendances declined marginally.
  • Direct cost of matches dropped to €11m
  • Distribution to units increased to €12.4m
  • Games development investment dropped to €9.5m
  • Player welfare increased to €3.7m
  • Operating costs increased to €8.9m
  • Capital expenditure and grants increased to €10m
  • Net result is break-even

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