Decrease in percentage of televised championship matches

April 17, 2018

RTE's Ger Canning in the commentary box for the All-Ireland SFC final between Dublin and Mayo at Croke Park in 2016.
©INPHO/James Crombie.

The football and hurling championships have been expanded but there'll be no extra games broadcast live on TV.

From this summer's championships onwards, the genesis of the round-robin series in the Munster SHC and the introduction of the SFC Super 8s means that there will be an additional 15 high-profile championship fixtures.

Ahead of the start of last season, an agreement was struck whereby a total of 45 championship matches would be screened live - 31 by RTE and 14 by Sky Sports. New director-general Tom Ryan has confirmed that this arrangement will remain in place for the next three seasons:

"We're going to stick with the existing structure of things. We're happy with how the arrangement has worked up to now and we're not looking at changing the nuts and bolts of the arrangement until that comes up for renewal," he told RTE.

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