I attach a copy of the text of a Press Release which will be issued today. It provides details of the allocation of broadcast rights for the years 2014-2017. While the document is self-explanatory, I want to outline the mainchanges from the allocation of the past three years:
- A total of 45 senior championship games will be broadcast live. In the previous cycle 40 games were broadcast live
- The two main championship broadcasters will be RTÉ (31 games) and Sky Sports (14 games). In the previous cycle, RTÉ had 31 games and TV3 had 9 games
- Sky Sports will broadcast 20 championship games in Britain. These games were not previously available on TV in Britain.
- Channel Seven have been given the rights to cover all 45 championship games free to air in Australia. These games were not previously available on TV in Australia
- A new joint venture with RTE Digital, GAA GO, will give access to all games throughout the world as never before
- TV3 had the rights to cover the All Ireland Minor Football and Hurling Finals. These games have now been allocated to TG4
Over the past two years, the Uachtarán and I have received countless appeals from our members abroad to make our games more easily available. As in previous years when rights were up for renewal, the January meeting of Coiste Bainisti discussed policy in relation to broadcast rights and, in order to address this issue of access to our major games for those living outside Ireland, gave us the go-ahead to negotiate with subscription channels. The rights allocation which we will announce today means that our huge Irish population in Britain will be able to see our All Ireland semi finals and finals and 14 other championship games live television for the first time, our emigrants in Australia will enjoy live coverage of 45 championship games and our members all over the world will be able to see our games more easily than ever.
We are pleased, too, that RTÉ will broadcast the same number of championship games as in 2013 and that TG4 will continue to provide the same extensive coverage as always.
Finally, the overall value of these rights will be marginally above our current revenue from broadcast rights.
Is mise le meas,
( Páraic Duffy)