The Laois GAA TV service, which allowed supporters to subscribe to watch matches that were played behind closed doors, brought in a profit of almost €55,000.
The 2020 Laois GAA accounts show that the live streaming income was €70,580 with expenses amount to €15,660.
Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy highlights in his report to this year’s convention that they streamed almost 50 games. He had particular praise for PRO Paul Dargan and Michael Egan, who initiated the Laois GAA TV service, as well as John Moynihan from All Rounder Sport.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Paul Dargan and Michael Egan for firstly making this happen and it had happen to fast, with confirmation of streaming only happening in the days leading into our first championship game,” wrote Handy in his report.
“I must say the quality of the service was excellent, with the one exception being the
day of Storm Alex.
“In total we streamed almost 50 games, which returned a revenue profit of in excess €55k, which we certainly had not budgeted for at the outset, where the initial intention was just to provide a service for our members to watch their clubs playing.
“It is an initiative Leinster Council GAA is considering expanding and exploring, and whilst exemption was permitted this year under the unusual circumstances we found ourselves, it has the potential to be inhibited in the future under the terms of the National broadcasting deals.”
PRO Paul Dargan also addressed its success in his report. “With games behind closed doors or limited attendance we had sleepless nights to create, build and stream the games to the people of Laois all over the world,” he wrote.
“It was extremely testing to build but thanks to the help of John Moynihan of All Rounder
Sports we created what was an amazing platform to bring the games to people from Borris in Ossory to Brisbane, Portlaoise to Portugal and Graiguecullen to Germany.
“The first weekend alone we had people logged on from every county in Ireland and all over the world.
“We had thousands of people log on for games in all codes. The kind messages we received from people all around the world made up for the challenges that we faced with every broadcast.
“Thanks to all our commentators and co commentators who helped during the games, so many of you helped out and you made it possible but also professional in every way.
“We were ahead of all other counties in our production and that’s down to all your hard work and involvement.
“We stood in the wind and rain on many a night but thankfully we still managed to stream the games to the people we missed and couldn’t attend the games.”