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.
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