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Replying To legendzxix:  "Players wanted more games. They have got the games they wanted."
What use is having more games if the outcome is the same…. The GAA want more games to generate more revenue but all to the detriment of the game itself.. all becoming very boring… supporters voting with their feet…

ForeverBlue2 (Cavan) - Posts: 1871 - 13/04/2024 12:35:31    2537631

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Replying To ForeverBlue2:  "What use is having more games if the outcome is the same…. The GAA want more games to generate more revenue but all to the detriment of the game itself.. all becoming very boring… supporters voting with their feet…"
17k AI semi Final in 1982.
19k AI semi Final 1985.
Can't bate the good oul days .....

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 1370 - 13/04/2024 13:31:40    2537636

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Replying To ForeverBlue2:  "What use is having more games if the outcome is the same…. The GAA want more games to generate more revenue but all to the detriment of the game itself.. all becoming very boring… supporters voting with their feet…"
Supporters are voting on their feet because there's only about 5 good match ups a season because the top teams are kept apart. Get the top teams playing each other more and we'll get more of the good games. A lot of these teams can turn each other over so I don't think the outcome is always the same. It is if it's Dublin v Meath or Kerry v Cork. It's going to be a lot less so if Galway, Mayo, Tyrone, Kerry, Derry are mixing it with one another week in week out and with games in different venues that Croke Park.

Straight knockout isn't good in the long run for weaker teams either, they'll end up averaging like 1.5 games a season with the best teams getting more like 3.5 championship games a season. Yes in a given year they could cause a shock but it gets less and less likely over time and how do they actually really raise their level if they are playing competitive fixtures at the right time of year and with a fair opportunity to progress and build over time. It doesn't happen in a knockout style format, it might in a more league based championship.

Whammo86 (Antrim) - Posts: 4184 - 13/04/2024 14:55:41    2537649

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Replying To Seanfanbocht:  "17k AI semi Final in 1982.
19k AI semi Final 1985.
Can't bate the good oul days ....."
That's quite remarkable. I looked up a few more years and semi-final attendance ranged from 25-35k. Semi's didn't seem to attract 40k or more until the last few years of the decade with games involving either Meath or Dublin attracting the larger numbers.

MachaireConnacht (Roscommon) - Posts: 757 - 13/04/2024 15:00:09    2537650

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The GAA have a reasonably good system with the groups of 4. Group winners have a weekend off before the quarter-finals. 2nd and 3rd playoff for a quarter-final spot but have to play 3 weeks in a row. The minor wrinkles to be fixed are that weekend off after the league and an enticing carrot for provincial winners.

legendzxix (Kerry) - Posts: 7795 - 13/04/2024 15:39:21    2537657

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