Duignan gets backing from unusual source with views on the GAA's Sky deal

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Duignan gets backing from unusual source with views on the GAA's Sky deal

Offaly hurling legend Michael Duignan has been backed up today in his criticism of the GAA's TV deal with Sky by the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association.

SEE ALSO: VIDEO: Duignan calls the GAA's deal with Sky a 'disgrace'

ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock has called on the GAA to reflect on its decision to only show certain matches on Pay-TV, a decision which has left many unable to see crucial matches.

The issue was raised by Offaly legend Duignan on Sunday night's Sunday Game programme, during which he labelled it "disgraceful," the fact that matches like Waterford and Kilkenny were not shown on free-to-air television.

“The championship is now heading into the knockout stages and every game will be fiercely contested and for many older fans living in rural areas free-to-air TV was their only opportunity to witness the game," Seamus Sherlock said.

“The decision to tie themselves into a multi-year deal with Sky showed a complete lack of empathy on the part of the GAA towards older people living in rural Ireland, many of whom are lifelong stalwarts of the association."

"I am very disappointed with the GAA’s attitude of putting profit before its patrons, and denying so many the chance to enjoy our native games. It was a terrible decision and one that should be abandoned at the earliest possible stage," Sherlock concluded.

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