Connacht secretary warns that that intercounty games are becoming financially unsustainable

The executive member made the comments in his annual report

Connacht secretary warns that that intercounty games are becoming financially unsustainable

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The Connacht secretary has said that he has concerns about the financial future of intercounty games.

In his annual report to the provincial convention, John Prenty has outlined his worries about the intercounty financial structures, which he believes have become unsustainable.

Prenty has observed that costs are beginning to outweigh the revenue earned from gate receipts and would like to see more investment in club games in order to prevent any disastrous developments.

In his report, he said:

“Let us rebrand our club activity as the cornerstone of our Association. The county game is quickly becoming financially unsustainable with county team administration costs in Connacht being almost five times the gate receipts for the Connacht championship. Can this continue? Will there be a time when we can only afford club activity?”

Further to this point, Prenty also commended the GAA director general Páraic Duffy, who wants to reformat the fixture schedules in order to establish greater balance between club and intercounty games.