There is always a balance to be struck between television and the live experience in sport. Even in the US NFL games are only allowed be broadcast within local areas once a threshold of live attendees has paid to attend.
In the early stages of the Allianz League though, when nights are cold and there are bigger days ahead the gap between the committed fan who will be there all the way and those who will wait for the longer evenings of summer means you can play a little looser with TV schedules.
That’s what eir Sport are doing on the opening night of action at the end of this month. They will show not one, two or even three games live, instead, they will show four.
Dublin take on Offaly in hurling and Kildare in football while Cork will face Tipperary in football at 5 pm at Pairc Uí Chaoimh and then Kilkenny in hurling at 7 pm.
The four games will be split over eir Sport One and Two and it promises to be some night of action for those not willing to get to the games.
In total eir Sport will cover 17 games over the course of the League season, seven of them involving Dublin, three for Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Tyrone, two for Donegal and one each for Kilkenny, Waterford, Cavan, Meath, Wexford, Limerick, Monaghan Clare and Kildare.