Sky Sports and GAA enter new deal

3-year contract will see Sky viewers enjoy new access to Irish national sports

David Baker
by David Baker on 3rd April, 2014

An exciting new three-year deal will see Sky Sports viewers enjoy live coverage of Gaelic football and hurling for the first time ever this summer.

Sky Sports and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) have teamed up for the first time to bring Sky customers access to Ireland’s two national sports.

The move represents a significant change for the GAA and means that Sky Sports viewers will be able to watch top class talents such as Aidan O’Shea, Joe Canning and Colm Cooper from the comfort of their own home.

Sky customers will also be able to take advantage of the new offerings through their mobile via Sky Go for no additional cost.

Paraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA, was quick to point out the wider reach which both sports will now have.

“This agreement will boost our reach to new audiences in the UK as well as reach a new depth of coverage for viewers in Ireland. This is great news for fans, players and the sport and we look forward to working with the best in the business,” he stated.

JD Buckley, Managing Director of Sky Ireland, added his approval for the new deal.

“It’s a privilege to be partnering with the GAA to bring our customers top quality content from our national game.

“We are committed to providing the best programming, service and value to our customers and Sky Sports will offer world class production values and a great viewing experience to GAA fans across the country.”

The deal is made up of 20 live matches including both the All-Ireland semi-finals and finals across both sports, as well as live weekly coverage for the duration of the championship that will cover certain qualifiers and key provincial games.

Defending All Ireland champions Clare (Hurling) and Dublin (Gaelic Football) will be looking to fight off their many rivals during the summer as the championship builds to an epic conclusion this September.

Kilkenny, Tipperary and Galway will all be looking to improve on poor showings in last year’s hurling championship and will need to do so in order to topple Davy Fitzgerald’s young Clare squad.

In Gaelic football, Dublin will be hoping that marquee forwards such as Diarmuid Connolly and Bernard Brogan will provide the firepower to land a second successive All-Ireland title. However, quality sides such as Mayo, Donegal and Tyrone are all likely to have a big say in the destination of the Sam Maguire Cup this year.

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