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Sky to continue showing GAA after free-to-air motion fails

Some counties had hoped to force the GAA to make all televised games free-to-air.

Congress voted on the motion this afternoon.
Congress voted on the motion this afternoon.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

SKY WILL CONTINUE to show inter-county hurling and football games after a motion return all televised matches free-to-air was heavily defeated this afternoon.

Just 15.3% voted in favour of the motion which looked likely to fail from the outset given the commercial implications for the GAA.

Last season, Sky’s package included 14 exclusively live games, eight of which were Saturday evening qualifiers but also featured two Sunday provincial championship games.

Sky had a further six non-exclusive live games, made up of the two All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in both codes.

Dublin and Kerry were the most vocal proponents of the motion while Britain, Longford and Cork were among those to speak against it suggesting that the GAA’s  hands should not be tied when it come to commercial negotiations.

While former GAA president Nickey Brennan suggested that passing the motion would contravene EU law.

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