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As many of you will know, the new Mayo GAA TV service is now up and running and is streaming loads of club championship action. While nothing will ever beat being there to see a match, having remote access to all this live action is a damn fine option to have too, in particular for those of us based outside the county.
The fact that the service works on a pay-per-view model is both interesting and welcome too. While so much stuff provided on the internet occurs on a free of charge basis – this site included – it shouldn’t mean that everything is. If you go to a match you don’t expect to be let in to see the action for free and so it makes sense that the same principle applies for watching a game on the web. Plus, it has the potential over time to become a decent earner for Mayo GAA into the bargain.
TV rights and all that are a tricky area at the best of times but I’d be really interested to see the service expand in time to inter-county games. The FBD would be the obvious place to start in this regard, as these matches aren’t currently broadcast and you can be sure there would be great interest in them were they to be streamed over the internet. After all, if FBD games can – as they sometimes do – attract attendances of more than 5,000 punters then there’s every reason to think that there’s a ready audience of armchair viewers out there too.
That’s all for another day, though, but back in the here and now there’s plenty of action on Mayo GAA TV to get stuck into. Starting tonight, in fact, with the SFC quarter-final replay between Ballintubber and Hollymount/Carramore, which throws in at 8pm this evening at MacHale Park.
On Saturday, the focus switches to the Intermediate championship. The location moves too, with the IFC semi-final double-header that afternoon featuring Kiltimagh v Louisburgh (throw-in 2.45pm) and Bohola Moy Davitts v Islandeady (4.30pm) coming from James Stephens Park in Ballina.
On Sunday it’s back to MacHale Park for the SFC semi-finals. First up then will be Castlebar Mitchels v Garrymore (throw-in 1.30pm), followed by Claremorris against the winners of the Ballintubber and Hollymount/Carramore replay (3.30pm).
Full details on how to access these matches on Mayo GAA TV are here.
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Separately, many of you will have been shocked and saddened – as I was too – by the news yesterday of the untimely and sudden death of Neill O’Neill, Managing Editor of the Mayo News. Words never sound more empty than at times like this, when someone so young, who should still have so much of his life ahead of him, is taken so suddenly. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues for the profound loss they’ve suffered. RIP.