Tuesday 25 October 2016

Coffers may suffer from 'blanket'

FORMER Dubs manager Paul Caffrey believes the GAA may ultimately be hit in the pocket by the current standard of entertainment at inter-county football matches, writes Conor McKeon.

"If this continues for another season, you will not have people buying season tickets," Caffrey predicted.

"You will not have people renewing Premium tickets because there are so many teams at it now.

"It's only the die-hards that will tune into the Ulster Championship this year. No neutrals will watch it."

GAA president Aogán Ó Fearghail stated this week that there had been an overreaction to Dublin's League match in Derry last Saturday when some booed the approach adopted by the visitors.

"If you had a full crowd in Croke Park last week, you would have had a far more negative reaction," Caffrey pointed out, adding that volunteer and/or playing number may also suffer.

"When it comes into club level and filtering down to underage level," he said, "it's a far less attractive game to participate in and a far less attractive game to be involved in coaching."

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