Recently retired Kerry forward Paul Galvin, and Tyrone legend Peter Canavan look set to be unveiled as two of Sky’s pundits for their controversial coverage of the hurling and football championships this summer.
An Irish national newspaper reported that the pair were being lined up along with Sky Sports News’ Irish anchor, Rachel Wyse, to front the channel’s GAA programming.
In March, the GAA announced a deal to give Sky Sports exclusive rights to 14 championship matches, as well as shared screening of the finals of both codes. When the announcement was made, Kerry legend and fashion blogger Galvin was the early 6-5 favourite to be offered a role with the commercial broadcaster. Bookies suspended betting on Paul Galvin joining Sky on Thursday amid the clamour of rumours pointing toward an announcement.
Sky made no comment yesterday about the mounting speculation, but it appears Galvin and Canavan are the front-runners. Canavan made no reply to contact requests from the Irish Independent, while Galvin declined to comment when approached.
Meanwhile, his fellow Kerry legend and former teammate, Colm Cooper, has told the media he has not been approached by Sky to form part of their punditry team. “There are a lot of people concerned about having to pay a subscription to watch their game”, the injured star said in a recent interview. “We’ll have to wait and see how it turns out”, Cooper said.
The Irish Examiner also reported last week that former Republic of Ireland international and Dublin Minor football star, Niall Quinn, was likely to feature with Sky during the GAA championships. Quinn played and won a junior county title with Eadestown’s footballers from Kildare in 2008, where he rejuvenated his GAA career following his professional soccer stint in the UK.
Sky’s GAA coverage begins next month with the Leinster Hurling Championship opener between Offaly and Kilkenny.