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Idea for promotion for the Allianz National Football Leagues

  • 03-02-2018 1:00am
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    Registered Users Posts: 198 ✭✭ Slipperydodger


    What if the league winner in Div 2/3/4 of the National Football Leagues were promoted outright without a final? The second place and third place teams play in a playoff final in a neutral venue to aid provincial towns. The winner would be promoted. There would be more to play for in the final rounds of the leagues as a third place team could still get promoted. These games would possibly take greater importance than championship games. A money spinner for the GAA as well and I think neutrals would actually want to watch these games.
    For example the 2nd/3rd place playoff could look something like this

    Meath v Roscommon in Tullamore Div 2 play off final
    Westmeath v Armagh in Breffni Park Div 3 play off final
    Laois v Carlow in Newbridge  Div 4 play off final

    Big crowds in provincial towns for important winner takes all games. The current Div. 2/3/4 finals are pretty meaningless and currently attract very small attendances.


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,287 ✭✭✭✭ Fr Tod Umptious


    The league is fine as it is


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,074 ✭✭✭ LoughNeagh2017


    I've only ever been to 2 league games, Derry v Roscommon 2000 semi final and Derry v Wicklow 2005. I am sure that is more than many Derry people however many people never miss their clubs leagues games, they make the excuse that they don't want to travel to the county games but they travel all over the county to watch the club games.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,608 ✭✭✭ CrabRevolution


    As far as I'm aware, the vast majority of inter county games don't turn a profit, so it has no chance of being a money spinner for the GAA.

    http://www.gaa.ie/news/gaa-distributes-record-million-counties-and-clubs-155643/
    “In terms of how we earned our €35 million in gate receipts and what that actually meant in terms of a return for the association as a whole, it's always interesting to look at where we're generating a return,” said the GAA’s Director of Finance, Tom Ryan, today.


    “We had 350-odd matches over the course of this year and the lion's share of the €35 million revenue is earned from eight to ten significant matches.


    “In terms of the net income out of the 350-odd games that are played, there are only just over 40 that generates any kind of a return.

    Also crowds wouldn't be that big. A Carlow/Offaly championship match wouldn't attract a massive crowd, so how would a league match manage it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 107 ✭✭ LooseCannonUF


    As far as I'm aware, the vast majority of inter county games don't turn a profit, so it has no chance of being a money spinner for the GAA.

    http://www.gaa.ie/news/gaa-distributes-record-million-counties-and-clubs-155643/


    Also crowds wouldn't be that big. A Carlow/Offaly championship match wouldn't attract a massive crowd, so how would a league match manage it?


    If there wasn’t a clash with a match in the other code, then there’d be a large Offaly following. There’ll be feck all at the football tomorrow as the Hurling is on the same day, and it’s at home.


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