The GAA/GPA All-Stars could yet be held for the 50th time recognising the stars of 2020, according to a report from John Fogarty in today’s Irish Examiner.
The awards would normally be staged in November after the conclusion of the Allianz Leagues in April and the All Ireland Championships in August and September.
This year’s Championships will not be finished until the weekend before Christmas but talks are understood to be ongoing about staging the All-Stars in January or February and maintaining the tradition of the event.
The report also suggests that talks are continuing between PwC and the two bodies about a renewal of their sponsorship of the awards which concluded an initial three-year term in 2019.
PwC had brought fresh energy to the process with enhanced digital content around the nominees and the final awards and the creation of an app that allowed fans to make their own selections and compare them to the panel of journalists that make the actual choice.
It also allowed you to go back down the years to see who had previously been recognised.
If the All-Stars are rescued looking back on the year then there may still be hope for a renewal of the AIB All Ireland Club Championships which have at the moment been paused at County level but which could yet be run off in a shortened window should public health and other schedule restrictions allow.
The traditional All-Stars Tour would not take place this year but it would be possible perhaps that a combined one featuring the players of 2020 and 2021 could take place in time.