eir Sport to broadcast AIB GAA Club Championship games
eir Sport today announced that it has secured rights to broadcast live AIB GAA Football and Hurling Club Championship games for the next five years. This will be the first time eir Sport will broadcast Club Championship games on its channels.
The deal commences from May 2017, and eir Sport will broadcast up to 30 live games in the first year alone. These games will include early rounds of both competitions as well as County Finals and the latter stages of the Championships.
Today’s announcement marks a significant increase in the GAA offering available through the eir Sport pack, which is already home to live coverage of the Allianz Leagues with 23 games shown this season. In addition to broadcast rights, eir Sport has online clip rights for the Club Championships, Allianz Leagues and Senior Championship games. eir Sport also has archive rights to show replays of classic GAA matches and eir is an official sponsor of the GAA Football All-Ireland Championship.
These are additional games, added to those club games already broadcast.
Glen Killane MD of eir TV & Sport commented: “Today’s announcement is a moment of immense pride for eir Sport. Our goal has been to show the live sport Irish fans want to see and this season we will show up to 30 AIB GAA Club Championship games which will significantly expand the number of games fans can watch on TV and mobile.
"These are matches that haven’t previously been shown, and we are delighted to open them up to a wider audience. We will show some big clashes within the AIB GAA Club Championships while broadcasting from parts of the country that the cameras don’t often visit.
"This will bring eir Sport into the heart of communities all over the country, bringing local stories to life. These rights build on our already existing Allianz Leagues, GAA online clip rights and archive rights. Our ambition is to continue being Ireland’s number one sports broadcaster on TV and mobile and this ambition is only strengthened by today’s announcement.”