Daily Sport for Business Interview – Padraic O’Kane

Rob Hartnett is joined by Padraic O’Kane in today’s Daily Interview to discuss the cancellation of the planned Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin this summer but also the hope that the sides may yet return over the course of the longer-term series…

Almost 40,000 fans were booked to travel over from the US which would have made it a world record for Americans to travel overseas for a sporting event.

There is still hope that the sides could look to rearrange for the game to be played at some point over the course of the series which will now kick off with the Universities of Nebraska and Illinois.

“This is a major tourism event for Dublin and for Ireland,” says O’Kane. “We had estimated with Grant Thornton that this would be worth a conservative €80 million to the city aside altogether from the value of the six million watching coast to coast and the business and political networking that is now gone for this year but will be back.”


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