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Solutions to fixtures crisis

  • 30-10-2018 11:12pm
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    So come on, everyone knows there's a problem with fixtures but what are the solutions?
    Personally, I would suggest the following:
    The creation of club weekends, similar to international windows in soccer/ rugby where inter-county players return to their clubs. These would be spread throughout the year and fixed at the start of the year allowing players to plan ahead.
    In hurling, the combination of the league and provincial round robins into one based on the 2 provincial groups. Each team would play each other once (9 rounds of matches). This would remove the need for teams to have a bye in each round making it fairer for everyone and also reduce the amount of repetitive/ “meaningless” matches. The top team in each group would progress to their provincial finals and also play off in the league final. The bottom 4 in each group would play off in provincial quarter and semi-finals. Munster and Leinster champions play in the All Ireland final.
    In football, the condensing of the championship by playing same rounds in each province over the same weekend. As part of this, I would create a GAA match website (similar to GAAGo) which would allow you to watch any of the matches live or deferred for a small fee. Money generated would be biased towards the weaker counties. This could also be linked to season tickets if the GAA feared the loss of revenue. I would also create a super 8’s style competition for the teams beaten in the 1st round qualifiers as a stepping stone to a 2 tier championship.
    The club championships would be seeded based on where your county finishes in the championship. While this may be unfair on the weaker counties, it’s an incentive to get games played and takes pressure off club players in the stronger counties.
    Based on the above, I would envisage the club championships being played off in the calendar year leaving room for Fitzgibbon and Siggerson competitions in the early part of the year.

    Anyone got any suggestions on how to solve the current problems?