Good new for terrestrial TV viewers as RTE will show some Allianz League games live this season
The GAA this morning announced an agreement with RTE and eir sport. This agreement will see Allianz League games simulcast by both broadcasters this spring. In addition RTE will also show live games from the AIB Club Championships.
The new agreement means that Eir Sport will continue to be “the home of Saturday Allianz League games under lights”. And they will also broadcast at least two games each weekend, starting from January 26th this season. The full list of those fixtures to be broadcast will be announced next week. The deal will run from this year to 2022.
Four of these matches will be simulcast by RTÉ, with their own editorial, presentation and punditry teams.
With 31 live Championship games to be broadcast this summer, today’s announcement means the national broadcaster has extended its live televised GAA coverage to nine months of the year.
The National Station will add to an already bumper yea of Gaelic Games
RTE will bring their own style to these new broadcasts. Similar to the way they have made The Sunday Game the home of televised GAA every summer. In addition, the weekly Allianz League Sunday highlights show also returns, with the first episode on 27 January.
Declan McBennett, RTÉ group head of sport said in a statement released by the GAA on Thursday: “In increasing RTE’s live coverage of Gaelic Games across the GAA calendar year, we are reaffirming our commitment to bringing national moments to a national audience, free-to-air and guaranteeing coverage on RTE television for nine months of the year for the next three years.”
The GAA’s commercial and stadium director Peter McKenna added; “The profile and interest in both the Allianz Leagues and AIB Club Championships have grown significantly in recent years and this enhanced arrangement with eir Sport and RTÉ will ensure even greater exposure to our games for the foreseeable future”.
RTE Radio are the exclusive national radio broadcasters for the Championship and Allianz League, while RTÉ.ie and the RTE News Now app offer unrivalled digital coverage of both Gaelic Football and Hurling.
(video: Eir Sport via YouTube)