The latest instalment of the controversial agreement between Sky Sports and the GAA saw an indignant Michael Duignan call it a ‘disgrace’.
The deal itself began in 2014, and saw the British broadcasting behemoth secure rights to the sport for the very first time. The paid digital service receiving exclusive championship games caused much consternation as the days of a fee-to-air monopoly among the Irish channels came to an end.
The deal was renewed just last year, allowing Sky 14 exclusive games, including two All-Ireland football quarter-finals.
The latest exclusive came last night as Waterford took on Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling round 2 qualifier. It was this game not being free to air that caused Michael Duignan to lay into all parties involved on The Sunday Game.
“The biggest disgrace of the weekend was on Saturday evening, that the Waterford-Kilkenny match wasn’t shown on free-to-air in this country”, the Offaly man raved.
“The Sky deal is so wrong on so many levels. My father’s 83 years of age – a savage hurling man. Why should he have to go to a pub to watch the match? There’s enough money in the GAA. How much money do you want? How about the people that have supported the game all their lives?”
Duignan’s comments received much support on Twitter.
— Gillian Murphy (@Gill_Murphy) July 9, 2017
@TheSundayGame Good man Michael Duignan at least there is someone telling it like it is.The Sky deal is a BAD deal for the ordinary GAA fans
— John Sheedy (@JohnSheedy8) July 9, 2017
Agree with Michael Duignan, the Sky GAA deal is terrible, very little benefit to those in or outside the country as they claim #sundaygame
— Chris Hardiman ☕???? (@AJoyForever83) July 9, 2017
— L. NíHéineacháin (@LaobhaoiseNihE) July 9, 2017
Great to hear @DuignanMichael calling the GAA out on the sky deal, not everyone can travel to games or want to sit in a pub watching it.
— Lar (@larob031) July 9, 2017