Laois GAA have confirmed that they will be live streaming club championship games this year, starting with the senior hurling championship next week.
It will be the first time ever that club games in the county will be broadcast live, with the exception of occasional county finals that have been live on TG4.
Speaking on the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast, Laois GAA PRO Paul Dargan said that they are in the process of finalising the details with a full announcement expected early next week.
In the absence of a corporate sponsor, people will pay to watch – with the cost expected to be between €5 and €10 per game.
The Laois GAA PR committee, led by Paul Dargan, had been working on an extended highlights package of a wide range of games, including interviews, features and promos which he described as “our own Sunday Game show”.
However, given the restrictions limiting the crowd to just 200 people, including players, that plan has been shelved in favour of broadcasting a number of games live in full.
Ensuring a sufficiently high quality internet line for broadcasting is a priority as well as setting up a secure online payment system.
“We’ve been working on it for last number of months for what was coming down line,” said Dargan.
“Where we are at the minute, we are just fine-tuning everything to the extent that it’s 100% quality, studio quality, good commentary and all that coming through.
“It will be a live streaming. We will be designating next week what the games are.
“We have to with (only) 200 people (allowed to attend).”
He added that a lot of counties have streamed games in the last couple of weeks but with Laois two weeks behind, they have an opportunity to learn from that.
He said there was an amount of work in the background to get it all set up properly.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a techie man, but I am a photographer so I’d be fairly up to speed on a lot of things. But there are some things on another level. The back end of things is unbelievable.
“Not just the filming and streaming. It is a hell of a lot different than taking out phone, logging on to Facebook and hitting Live. Integrated payment system is another level of security.”
The Laois SHC gets underway on Thursday, July 30, with the meeting of Camross and Borris-Kilcotton while Rathdowney-Errill and Clough-Ballacolla clash on Friday evening. On Saturday, Rosenallis meet Ballinakill while Abbeyleix take on Castletown.
The senior football championship begins with the meeting of Ballyroan-Abbey and St Joseph’s on Thursday, August 6.