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Kerry pushing for an end to the GAA's controversial TV deal with Sky Sports

The Kingdom passed a motion aimed at the return of ‘free to air’ coverage after 2016.

Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

FREE TO AIR TV coverage of top GAA games will make a return after 2016 – if a motion passed by Kerry this week succeeds at the Association’s Annual Congress next year.

The Beale club in the Kingdom managed to push through a motion at the Kingdom’s annual think tank which states that “at the conclusion of the current TV broadcast rights contract, that all televised games be available on free to air TV.”

This was passed by delegates despite advice from county board secretary Peter Twiss that “Convention should be wary of tying the hands of the GAA negotiators.”

Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Kerry reported a healthy day to day operating balance surplus of €96,000 for 2015, seen as welcome news given that many of the county’s intercounty teams in both football and hurling reached the finals of their respective competitions.

This surplus increases to €907,417 when income from development fundraising schemes are taken into account.

Kerry contested the All-Ireland minor and senior football finals, while the hurlers won the Christy Ring Cup and gained promotion to Division 1B of the Allianz League.

But the Sky TV deal was the main talking point from Convention, with the matter up for debate at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign, when new rights deals will be negotiated. 

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