GAA Finance Department Rejects Claim That ‘Proposal B’ Is The Lucrative Option for Championship Reform

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GAA’s finance department has rejected the claim that the League’s football championship proposal would be more financially lucrative for the organization.

On Thursday evening, county treasurers were told by GAA chief financial officer Ger Mulryan that Croke Park was projecting that a football season with a pre-2018 qualifying system would actually reap more revenue than the All- Ireland SFC League or the four provincial eight-team conferences.

Emphasizing that the differences between the three systems are relatively insignificant and stressing that there is no privileged structure, the finance department estimated that a season of senior football with the backdoor and the Tailteann Cup would net 19.6 million euros net.

They see Proposal A featuring the Provincial Conferences earning € 19.3million and the All-Ireland SFC League € 18.8million, which would be a loss for the 2019 Super 8 season and nothing close. the analysis according to which proposal B could bring in more than € 10 million in box office revenues.

This review proposed by Calendar Review Working Group member Conor O’Donoghue was considered overdone. His use of the average attendance of Super 8 games in 2018 and 19 as 18,500 was criticized when the average Division 1 league attendance of 8,000 to 9,000 was considered a more realistic metric in modeling the All-Ireland SFC League in summer. Its figures not reflecting juvenile and other concessions were also highlighted.

While Croke Park plans to increase attendance to an All-Ireland SFC League by 20% largely due to the extra number of games, they would not see an increase in door revenue.

The finance department estimates that the provincial leagues, if introduced for next year, would reap around 5.1 million euros net. Otherwise, they would see him earn € 10.5million for the Central Council matches (from the Ireland preliminary quarterfinals and Tailteann Cup) and € 3.2million for the league stages of the league.

The finance department projects the All-Ireland SFC as last seen in 2017 with the addition of the Tailteann Cup would see the league bring in 3.4 million euros as it did in 2019, 4.9 million euros euros of the provincial championships with the All-Ireland series and Tailteann Cup for 11 million euros.

With the current Allianz League system and status also being retained under the option of four eight-team provincial conferences, the estimated 3.4 million euros would also be earned with the remainder coming from the provinces (4.9 million euros) and the All-Ireland and Tailteann Coupe series (€ 10.7 million).

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