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RTE To Begin Broadcasting National League & Club Games


The GAA have announced that RTE have signed a three-year deal to broadcast Allianz League and club championship games from 2019 onwards. 

The organisation reached an agreement with RTE and Eir Sport that will see four Allianz League games being simulcast by the two broadcasters this spring.

TG4 will retain its right to first-choice League and club games but RTE will have secondary choice games.

Eir Sport will continue to be the home of Saturday Allianz League games under lights and they have committed to broadcasting at least two games per weekend from January 26.

While Eir Sport will remain as the host broadcaster, RTÉ will have its own editorial, presentation and punditry teams for the games.

The national broadcaster have often been criticised for their lack of GAA coverage outside of the championship months and RTÉ Group Head of Sport, Declan McBennett, is delighted to be extending their deal with the GAA.

“In increasing RTÉ’s live coverage of Gaelic Games across the GAA calendar year, we are reaffirming our commitment to bringing national moments to a national audience, free-to-air and guaranteeing coverage on RTÉ television for nine months of the year for the next three years.”

Susan Brady, Managing Director of eir sport, says this is, ultimately, the best outcome for Irish sporting fans.

“We will offer GAA fans more matches and more choice on Saturday nights than anywhere else and it’s all available free to view for eir broadband customers. We are delighted to have come to this agreement to give Irish sports fans the best possible choice and content.”

Details of which Allianz League and club championship games will be broadcast live, will be announced next week.

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. You can contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter