'A game like that should be seen by everybody'

August 05, 2019

Donegal's Daire O'Baoill and Fionn McDonagh of Mayo. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Tomás Ó Sé has lamented the fact that Saturday's do-or-die Super 8s clash between Mayo and Donegal wasn't available on free-to-air TV.

Echoing the sentiments of fellow RTÉ analyst Joe Brolly earlier in the day, the Kerry great argued on The Sunday Game last night: “I don’t have Sky — I went to watch it in a bar last night. The GAA is a community-based, amateur sport.

“It’s all about club and community. There is an awful amount of people that can’t afford it. Even bars can’t afford it.

“It’s nothing against Sky or RTÉ, but a game like that should be seen by everybody. It’s simple as. “We’re not like other sports. [The GAA] should not be selling rights to huge games like this that people love to see.”

Also speaking on The Sunday Game, Monaghan sharpshooter Conor McManus noted: "The idea of Sky was to bring it to a wider audience in foreign countries.

“I don’t think that should be at the expense of people at home in Ireland, regular club people that want to see the games and don’t get the chance. That game was probably the pick of the ties in the championship so far in Castlebar, and people didn’t have the chance to view it.”

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