All-Island League

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Re: All-Island League

Post by El Paso » Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:43 pm

What’s potentially in this for football on the island of Ireland as a whole (and Lucid), and what the IFA and certain Northern clubs see as being in it for them personally seem to be two different different things.

Personally I think it would be amazing for us as a club, if (big if) we got past the security stuff. Sam Prole always lead the reconciliation efforts in part because he knew it was good for the club. Glentoran, Linfield, Cliftonville are far more attractive opponents than flaky clubs in hurling strongholds like Waterford, Limerick and Galway.



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Re: All-Island League

Post by oldfogey » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:08 pm

Just listened to Caoimhin Reilly on RTE Sunday Sport.

Sounds to me that - for whatever reason - he is dead set against an all island league. RTE intro'd with a Philip Green clip from 1979.

Made the security arrangements fro Friday and tomorrow night sound like entering a war zone.

Omitted to mention that there there was a period when bus companies wouldn't travel to Derry and there are supporters who will give Tallaght
a miss as the local gardai are not interested in protecting visiting fans.

Of course it could also be that RTE don't want it either as they have a cosy relationship with the FAI.

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Re: All-Island League

Post by Pepsi » Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:51 pm

Its all about the FAI / RTE relationship.....

RTE know exactly that if they support an All Island League that they will have to risk facing a bidding war for international games. If the AIL was lets say a success and Virgin paid for the rights it might just lead to the brains in the FAI trying a little harder to sell the national teams games etc.

RTE is just like the FAI.....all mates in it for the money and no accountablity.

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Re: All-Island League

Post by El Paso » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:51 pm

An all island league would be independent of the two associations by definition. So the rights would have to be separate to the international team’s rights, unlike now where they’re rolled up together. That would suit RTE perfectly - they would love it if they didn’t have the cost of showing an AIL. RyleTE once offered the FAI compo to NOT have to show any LOI.

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