Sky Sports have announced their line up of fixtures for the upcoming championship season after signing a new five-year deal with the GAA in December.
The broadcaster will treat us to 20 live games throughout the summer, it was confirmed at Croke Park this morning. 14 of those games will be exclusively live, the first of which will see Dublin open the defence of their Leinster title on June 3rd against either Wexford or Carlow.
The following afternoon, on June 4th, Sky will make history when they broadcast live their first ever Munster Hurling Championship clash when Limerick face Clare for a place in the provincial decider.
In Leinster hurling, the eagerly anticipated potential throw down between Kilkenny and Wexford (should they get past Laois) on June 10th will be shown live on Sky.
The pundits offering us their analysis throughout the championship remain the same, with the addition of ex-Monaghan footballer Dick Clerkin. That means we will be tuning in to tune in to All Ireland winning manager with Donegal, Jim McGuinness, Tyrone legend Peter Canavan, ex-Mayo boss James Horan, Clare hurling hero Jamesie O’Connor, nine-time Celtic cross winner with Kilkenny, JJ Delaney, and former Galway stalwart Ollie Canning.
Rachael Wyse and Brian Carney continue to hold down the presenter’s role.
Speaking at the launch of Sky Sports 2017 GAA Championship coverage, Sky Ireland’s Managing Director, JD Buckley, had this to say:
“Our partnership with the GAA has gone from strength to strength and we’re really excited by this being the first season in our new five-year partnership deal.
“Our insightful line up of GAA experts will truly bring viewers inside the game like never before.
We are excited about the future and how Sky Sports can continue to stand out with continuous innovation, knowledge and expertise at the heart of our GAA coverage.”
Full list of fixtures to be covered exclusively by Sky this season:
Saturday June 3 – Dublin v Carlow/Wexford (Leinster SFC quarter-final) – (7pm)
Sunday June 4 – Clare v Limerick (Munster SHC semi-final) – (4pm)
Saturday June 10 – Kilkenny v Wexford/Group Team (Leinster SHC semi-final) – (7pm)
Saturday June 17 – Kildare/Laois/Longford v Meath/Louth Wicklow (Leinster SFC semi-final) – (7pm)
Saturday July 1 – Football or Hurling Qualifier – (7pm)
Saturday July 8 – Football or Hurling Qualifier – (7pm)
Saturday July 15 – Football Qualifier Rd 3b (5pm) and Football Qualifier Rd 3b (7pm)
Saturday July 22 – Football Qualifier Rd 4a (5pm) and Football Qualifier Rd 4a (7pm)
Saturday July 29 – Football Qualifier Rd 4b (5pm) and Football Qualifier Rd 4b (7pm)
Saturday August 5 – All-Ireland Football Quarter-Final (4pm) and All-Ireland Football Quarter-Final (6pm)
Semi-Final and Finals
Sunday August 6 – All-Ireland Hurling semi-final (3.30pm)
Sunday August 13 – All-Ireland Hurling semi-final (3.30pm)
Sunday August 20- All-Ireland Football semi-final (3.30pm)
Sunday August 27 – All-Ireland Football semi-final (3.30pm)
Sunday September 3 – All-Ireland hurling final (3.30pm)
Sunday September 17 – All-Ireland football final (3.30pm)