On Thursday 3rd April 2014, The Irish Times reported that the GAA have confirmed details of their deal with Sky Sports, with the satellite broadcaster securing rights to 20 games in this year’s All-Ireland football and hurling championships.
Under the terms of the deal, Sky Sports will broadcast
- 14 matches exclusively on the pay-per-view channel
- while also securing non-exclusive rights to the All-Ireland hurling and football semi-finals and finals.
The big question is “How will Sky treat their existing subscribers who receive RTE as part of their standard package?”
Will they deny access to RTE’s coverage of the All-Ireland hurling and football semi-finals and finals to their subscriber base?
i.e. both sets of ‘live’ games will be shown simultaneously.