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Replying To Pikeman96:  "With all due respect, I don't think a Div. 4 football side like Waterford or my own county of Wexford "deserve" or are entitled to the same level of TV coverage as a Div. 1 side.

Some recognition of the lower divisions might be nice all right, like maybe a feature match from Div. 3 or 4 each week so that you might end up being on it one week, but it's hardly feasible or practical to claim that all teams should get equal coverage.

Would you apply the same rule in hurling? For example, TG4 have shown Wexford v Limerick and then Wexford v Clare live in the past two weeks. Should they instead be showing something from the Hurling League Div. 3A or 3B, like Tyrone v Warwickhsire or Longford v Fermanagh?"
That's exactly it. Demanding equal coverage of events that are not of equal interest or standard is just silly.

Perfect example of that was the American women's soccer team, Couldn't even beat under 15 boys and demanding same money and TV rights even though it's tiny audience compared to even college games.

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 659 - 17/02/2022 14:51:15    2400869

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GAA still well behind the times with coverage. Sunday Game is too short and has hardly even adapted it's coverage in twenty plus years. TG4 has been a breath of fresh air and surely is some sort of template going forward in the way they show games midweek etc even on youtube. In NRL and AFL its not uncommon for there to be three lives games on a Saturday and Sunday throughout the season; surely worth trying especially in the Summer.
For highlights surely the online media sites should be able to do their own highlights and analysis shows for certain divisions etc, an extension of what they do already. An NFL show on a Sunday (like soccer Saturday) well overdue also.

whoareya (Donegal) - Posts: 75 - 17/02/2022 15:18:15    2400873

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Replying To whoareya:  "GAA still well behind the times with coverage. Sunday Game is too short and has hardly even adapted it's coverage in twenty plus years. TG4 has been a breath of fresh air and surely is some sort of template going forward in the way they show games midweek etc even on youtube. In NRL and AFL its not uncommon for there to be three lives games on a Saturday and Sunday throughout the season; surely worth trying especially in the Summer.
For highlights surely the online media sites should be able to do their own highlights and analysis shows for certain divisions etc, an extension of what they do already. An NFL show on a Sunday (like soccer Saturday) well overdue also."
Why is TG4 a breath of fresh air when 99% of us cant understand whats being said? RTE have even started showing club and league games now. They develop every single year but its fashionable to bash RTE in this country. RTE cover a tonne of sport and we are lucky so much of this is GAA. They cant cover everthing. Its not cheap

tiobraid (Tipperary) - Posts: 3587 - 17/02/2022 16:54:28    2400891

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Why is TG4 a breath of fresh air when 99% of us cant understand whats being said? RTE have even started showing club and league games now. They develop every single year but its fashionable to bash RTE in this country. RTE cover a tonne of sport and we are lucky so much of this is GAA. They cant cover everthing. Its not cheap"
99% is a big exaggeration. I have very very little Irish, failed every exam I ever did in it, and I dont particularly like it. But if you have a good knowledge of GAA and even minimal Irish ( as 90% of us who were schooled in Ireland have ) its easy enough to fill in a lot of gaps and make it half understandable. Fair play to TG4.

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 441 - 17/02/2022 17:23:51    2400896

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Why is TG4 a breath of fresh air when 99% of us cant understand whats being said? RTE have even started showing club and league games now. They develop every single year but its fashionable to bash RTE in this country. RTE cover a tonne of sport and we are lucky so much of this is GAA. They cant cover everthing. Its not cheap"
You might be surprised - assuming you learned Irish in school - how much of a match commentary you would understand if you gave it a shot.

TG4 coverage is very good, and it is even better when you see players like our own Danny and others being able to make the effort to do the post match agallamh as Gaeilge.

BarneyGrant (Dublin) - Posts: 659 - 17/02/2022 18:26:27    2400903

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Why is TG4 a breath of fresh air when 99% of us cant understand whats being said? RTE have even started showing club and league games now. They develop every single year but its fashionable to bash RTE in this country. RTE cover a tonne of sport and we are lucky so much of this is GAA. They cant cover everthing. Its not cheap"
It's not cheap the way RTE television spend money. They get government subsidies, TV licence money, advertising revenue and some money from selling programme rights and DVD sales. The TV licence fee is outdated, around for 60 years at a time when viewers didn't have the range of viewing options they have now like other channels, streaming services etc whose subs are taxed. We're being double taxed to prop up RTE television. Some viewers are happy enough with local TV streams to pay subs which isn't the digital broadcast quality of a bigger television company. RTE television can do sport well but I think other options like local streaming on YouTube, Facebook, TG4 are spending their cash more efficiently.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6759 - 17/02/2022 18:49:22    2400906

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Danny and others making the effort to speak in Irish. Danny is fluent so it's no effort to him and lots of others

BlueBeret (Dublin) - Posts: 41 - 17/02/2022 19:32:22    2400910

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Replying To tiobraid:  "Why is TG4 a breath of fresh air when 99% of us cant understand whats being said? RTE have even started showing club and league games now. They develop every single year but its fashionable to bash RTE in this country. RTE cover a tonne of sport and we are lucky so much of this is GAA. They cant cover everthing. Its not cheap"
I think TG4 have better competitions. Club Championships, underage, and the league. All games have a reasonable chance of being competitive. I watch a ton of GAA on TG4. Way more than RTE. That being said, I'm loving the Saturday evening league matches..

Ban (Westmeath) - Posts: 1297 - 17/02/2022 20:13:20    2400919

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Replying To Ban:  "I think TG4 have better competitions. Club Championships, underage, and the league. All games have a reasonable chance of being competitive. I watch a ton of GAA on TG4. Way more than RTE. That being said, I'm loving the Saturday evening league matches.."
I think there should be a Saturday night highlights show too. That way the Sunday Game highlights could be left just for the Sunday matches

johnocarroll17 (Limerick) - Posts: 408 - 18/02/2022 15:59:57    2401001

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It is great that TG4 are covering the "winter" games and as I have some Irish the commentary is a great refresher!
One gripe though, when the weather is bad, please move the cameras to a sheltered site it is impossible to watch when the rain is belting into the camera.
We all know those in charge like to point them at the occupied side of the pitch but we all know the other side is usually sparsely populated and don't need to fiction of presenting what looks like a large crowd. More important that we can actually see what's happening on the pitch.
Overall its great to have the coverage.

Mayfair (Galway) - Posts: 62 - 20/02/2022 20:23:26    2401442

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League Sunday Is a disaster. As a supporter of a division 3 County I don't expect much coverage and quite rightly the top 2 divisions are prioritised in terms of coverage but last night's coverage was beyond poor. Whelan and Spillane waffled on about championship structures for nearly the entire last few minutes of the show meaning they squeezed in the clip of Louth and Limerick and then they didn't even make one comment about it and then you have London making incredible strides and getting one minute lip service at the end. I don't think it's asking too much for the last 10 minutes of the show to either do analysis on a game or at least simply run through the table and how teams are doing.

PK57 (Louth) - Posts: 1630 - 21/02/2022 17:58:58    2401709

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