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GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5079 - 18/05/2019 17:09:15 2185247Link 4 1
The AFL was set up in the 90s its fairly new i mentioned the Irish AFL players to show you how Gaa players will move to the other end of the world and take up a new sport to live the professional life. This was in response to your question of why i believe players would play of new Irish teams just to be professional.
" Just because the GAA take in revenue is no basis that they would waste any money on this" Ok once again the title of this is COULD THE GAA GO PROFESSIONAL? I am giving suggestions on how the Gaa could become professional not SHOULD they become professional.
"You ignored my question about the last regional football competition we had that went bust." No i didnt the last line in my post was "The 8 teams could be any 8 teams there are just suggestions i put forward as an example based on regions/populations/football areas"
Mayo posters please stick to the topic and read the posts thoroughly
brisbane (Galway) - Posts: 95 - 18/05/2019 18:41:14 2185276Link 0 0
I don't feel people would look to attend enough games to run a professional league.
Gaelic fans tend to be of a more casual variety in their attendance. I don't feel there's the culture of consuming the game week in week out.
You look even at the All Ireland semifinals. If Dublin aren't in one they don't sell out.
It would hard to have a really compelling season with 8 teams. I just don't think you're going to get people buying season tickets for say a 14 game regular season.
Would we only having a football league? A hurling league doubles the cost.
You can't pay a flat rate of 20k to each player. Once you go to a professional game you're looking at market economics dictating salary. If a regular player is making €20k, the top players are going to worth considerably more. 20k isn't even close to a living wage in this country.
34k attend games on average in the AFL, every team gets 22 games a season. I just don't see the GAA capable of getting those sorts of attendances.
The AFL makes 10 times the revenue of the GAA.
The AFL is close to the highest standard professional sports league in the Asia Pacific region and certainly is in Australia. Ireland that would not be the case. You'd be talking about it being way behind the Premier League football.
I just don't see it realistically able to make anywhere near enough money to be viable.
I don't think it desirable to be honest.
As it stands there's a lot of money already flowing to the top of our sports. Clubs are struggling, you'd need more money going to the top of the game to run 2 professional leagues and I don't see that being good for the sport as a whole.
Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 2373 - 18/05/2019 19:42:29 2185290Link 4 1
GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5079 - 18/05/2019 20:56:31 2185314Link 3 1
mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1110 - 18/05/2019 21:50:58 2185329Link 0 1
However I do agree with you that emigration is a very serious problem, especially in the rural areas and that the GAA is an economic force that could help rural communities. Last year the Kildare-Mayo game was worth over 400,000 Euros to Newbridge. So I suggest that the GAA plays more games away from Croke Park and in smaller towns.
Rather than creating a professional league I suggest that the GAA merge the league and All Ireland championship with the league acting as the regular season with teams qualifying to play in the All Ireland. The new format wouldn't start until April and the league would played April through June. This way teams would be playing in better conditions in front of larger crowds.
JuniorBee (Mayo) - Posts: 29 - 21/05/2019 07:58:14 2186153Link 0 0