Sneachta wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:04 pm
Another speculation here, and this is just me, does bill/American investors/peak6 have the clout to push for a breakaway league? Would uefa accept this league for euro qualification? This is just me discussing
Will they be able to bring other clubs along? Look at the disaster unfolding at Waterford!!
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Submitting clubs for participation in Europe is down to the respective national associations in each country. As we have seen in England and Scotland, the clubs chose to run their own leagues, albeit still under the general umbrella of the FA and SFA. The association is responsible for dishing out UEFA participation licences as in the Waterford - John Delaney fiasco. But it's only ever about (TV)money. If a decent SUSTAINABLE (I.e. long term) model was available they would be gone like a shot. The underlying problem we have is that GAA is the biggest participation and spectator sport in this country - and it's amateur. 80,000 cram into Croke Park in September twice (+ replays $$$$) each year, enabling the GAA to dole out huge amounts for development at all levels. **** Can you imagine what it would take to bring 10/12 club grounds anywhere close to the standard in Tallaght? Same applies behind the scenes although we are probably the leaders there. Don't get me wrong I want this to happen but it's not even a question of FAI unable to give us anything. The "Payday Loans" they have taken out means that the only unfettered future income is club European prize money. I stand to be corrected but I think the national side doesn't even have a shirt sponsor anymore.
***EDIT: I lost the run of myself in the middle of that paragraph. The point I wanted to make was that LOI Clubs need gate money to field a team every week. Apart from expenses and other "Miscellaneous" costs, gate & TV money within the GAA goes to the clubs, counties, and Central Council for infrastructure and development. The GAA talked about being €50M short on income in 2020, and there's nothing international in that. Imagine if we had even 10% of that money.