I know there’s only one match on everyone’s minds at the moment but it’s worth mentioning an interesting new development relating to online access to club games played within the county.
Mayo GAA TV – a streaming service provided in conjunction with Local Streaming – launches today with online coverage of this evening’s two Junior football championship quarter-finals. This double-header at MacHale Park features Kilmaine against Killala and Achill against Balla.
Coverage of these two games on Mayo GAA TV gets underway this evening at 6.10pm. Full details are here.
As you’ll see, access to matches is being provided on a pay-per-view basis, with this evening’s double-header being offered for €4. It’s an interesting model, not least in the modern era, where so many seem to expect everything to be available online free of charge.
When you think about it, though, if you rocked up to MacHale Park this evening you’d have no problem with putting your hand in your pocket to see the action. There’s no reason the same principle shouldn’t apply to watching games over the internet.
And, of course, making live action like this available online means that it’s accessible by interested viewers wherever they are. In that regard it’s an initiative that’s likely to be warmly welcomed by those living outside the county, both in other parts of the country as well as overseas.
Best of luck to everyone involved in this development. I doubt I’ll be tuning in for this evening’s double-header but, for sure, it’s a service I’d say I’ll be using frequently once the senior club championship gets going again in earnest.