By Denis J. Croke
THE fact that Croke Park have agreed to the live streaming of games may cushion the blow for those supporters who may not be able to acquire tickets for games.
The GAA’s stance had been that counties could not live stream games that clashed with the coverage of RTE and TG4. Thankfully that all changed on Friday.
In a issued by Croke Park it was stated that they were now giving permission to counties to stream if and when they wanted.
The statement said: “In light of the current restrictions we are pleased to confirm that discussions with our broadcaster partners in RTÉ and TG4 have led to a relaxation in regulations governing the simultaneous broadcast and streaming of club games until attendance figures are reviewed.
“We acknowledge their assistance in this regard. Thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation.”
However, this does not mean all counties will embark on live streaming as the cost may prove prohibitive. It is estimated that the live streaming of games would cost in the region of €1,000.
County boards, including Laois, will now have to look at this cost in relation to what they would hope to recover by a charge that would be attractive to possible subscribers and the number of subscribers that would sign up for games.
Laois GAA have said they will consider live streaming although their initial preference had been for the showing of extended highlights.
In statement Laois GAA said: “Laois GAA is in the process of finalising broadcast and streaming of club games until attendance figures are reviewed.”
Time will only tell whether the live streaming will go ahead or supporters will have to wait for highlights.