Leinster Council secretary Michael Delaney is calling for Championship games to be changed to Monday and Friday evenings in order to boost TV coverage and promote the championship.
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The Laois man feels that with so many games being played at the weekend that the TV coverage of the GAA championship games is affecting the attendance at the games, and having a knock on affect at club level also.
Delaney told the Irish Independent that “I have reservations about showing two live games on Sunday. Is it encouraging people to stay at home and take in a double bill rather than attending games? In a sense, we’re competing with ourselves. There’s also the negative impact that two live games is having on club activity,”
“Monday or Friday games could only apply to games involving counties which are fairly close together, but it wouldn’t be too difficult to find them in the provincial championships. Monday night would probably be the better option, but Fridays could be tried on an experimental basis too.”
Delaney has taken the idea of Monday night football that appears in the English Soccer Leagues as the basis for the experimental trial of games,
“The public love Monday night soccer in England so it would be interesting to see how GAA supporters would react to Monday night championship action here. I think they’d love it.
“Playing some games on Fridays and/or Mondays would generate more exposure for the GAA over a longer stretch of the week and enable us to show one game on a Saturday and Sunday, which has benefits too,” he added.