Laois GAA have announced that they will be live streaming all the opening round games in this year’s senior hurling and football championships.
In an email this evening, Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy informed the clubs that agreement had been reached with Wexford-based producer John Moynihan from “All Rounder Sport”.
All Rounder Sport have broadcast Wexford club GAA games in the past as well as soccer games in Wexford.
Mike Egan, who had been behind the Laois TV project of the past couple of years, will be involved also while Killian Whelan, who has commentated for a number of local radio stations including Midlands 103, will provide commentary on all the games.
Niall Handy also confirmed that the cost to view each game will be €5. Instructions on how to access the service will be circulated by Laois GAA on social media tomorrow.
“I am pleased to announce that confirmation of streaming of all our opening games in both Senior Football and Hurling Championships was agreed this evening with John Moynihan from “All Rounder Sport”,” said Handy in the email.
“The cost per game is €5 and podcast and instructions on how to access streaming will be circulated tomorrow on all Laois GAA social media outlets.
“Unfortunately, Clubs will not be allowed video or stream games from the stadium whilst Laois GAA is streaming Senior Championship games.
“Laois GAA will provide a link for each of your Club games later that evening or next morning.”
Laois GAA had originally been planning on producing an extended highlights package on all games but changed that when only 200 people, including the players and officials, were allowed to attend.
The restriction on only 200 people attending outdoor events remains in place until August 10 at the earliest. In the meantime, clubs are only given 50 tickets each for their supporters.
It means that Laois GAA will be considerably down on their gate receipts for this year and it remains to be seen what level of subscriptions they will get for the games and if it can cover the cost of production.
“It will be a live streaming. We will be designating next week what the games are,” said Laois GAA PRO Paul Dargan last week when speaking on the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast.
“We have to with (only) 200 people (allowed to attend).”
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. (The) integrated payment system is another level of security.”
He also explained that only one person can log at a time, which means that people can’t share the same subscripton – though there is nothing stopping a number of people watching the game on the same screen.
The Laois hurling championships get underway this week with games in MW Hire O’Moore Park between Camross and Borris-Kilcotton on Thursday, Rathdowney-Errill and Camross on Friday and a double header on Saturday featuring Ballinakill v Rosenallis and Abbeyleix v Castletown.
The Laois senior football championship begins on Thursday week when Ballyroan-Abbey meet St Joseph’s.