In case you were under any illusion that Gaelic football is still the viewing choice of Gaels around the country, RTÉ are here to tell you otherwise.
The national broadcaster today released their schedule ahead of this summers provincial championships with hurling set to dominate our TV screens until the end of June.
RTÉ will only broadcast just five Gaelic football games over the coming two months with 12 hurling fixtures taking centre stage during the provincial championships.
The four provincial football finals will be televised alongside one other Ulster semi-final game.
Provincial Championship schedule to be broadcast by @rtesport for 2019. #TheSundayGame pic.twitter.com/E0bEkX464P
— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) April 30, 2019
While Gaelic football fans may be incensed by RTÉ’s decision it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that a hurling dominant broadcasting schedule is good for Gaelic Games as the Leinster and Munster Hurling Championship round-robin takes centre stage.
The coverage kicks off with a Munster Championship doubleheader on May, 12 when Waterford take on Clare in Walsh Park at 2 pm before Cork face Tipperary in Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 4 pm.
It is believed that the football championship will take on a more prominent role later in the summer when the Super 8 series kicks into gear.
For football fans, it could be argued that the real action begins here and this was something that former Kerry footballer, Aidan O’Mahony, alluded to yesterday.
“A lot of people are waiting around for the Super 8s to start. You could be looking at Kerry Mayo inside in Killarney which would be a massive game. When I was playing as well you could get one game and it would be the Munster final, maybe Kerry Cork or whatever – but then you’re waiting to get to Croke Park for a while.
“Now you have the Super 8s, it’s a massive thing for the GAA – that home and away and with people travelling to the games.”
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