Originally Posted by ClanofLams
Attendances for Dublin games are terrible too. Leinster finals 2005-2008 all got 80k attendances, it’s a struggle to get half that now. Let’s not forget it’s considerably cheaper and more convenient for Dublin followers to go to Croke Park.
Tv viewing figures are falling generally but not to the extent that there should be a three hundred k fall off between the ‘17 and ‘18 all Ireland football final or a three hundred k difference in viewing figures for semi final from ‘17 to ‘18.
The point, quite obviously, is that total dominance dramatically reduces interest and that is extremely unhealthy for the future of a sport.
Lets get one thing straight. Attendance figures outside of finals are possibly never going to see full houses. Those years (2005-2008) you quoted are pre recession. The GAA as an organisation simply never recovered. They'd like to but they went about it completely the wrong way.
Long before the Dubs went on a run, the figures were going one way. Down.
So what did the GAA do ?
- They sold some of the game to a paywall company in Sky, ensuring a fragmented championship with viewing figures that matched the smallest ground attendance figures in Ireland.
- They raised the price of tickets.
- They introduced the Super 8's, the thinking being more games = more bums on seats.
The quality of fare on display is also an influencing factor. Perhaps many don't regard their county as worthy of following. Only the "fans" from those counties can answer the question why.
Regarding TV figures I suggest you do an comparison with the hurling figures for the same years. They also went down. TV viewing habits have changed. But just because the figures are going down, does not mean that these are still not the most watched programmes. They are.
I have read you previous posts so I had a fair idea the link you might be attempting to make. The truth is that dominance is not a key factor, but it is a factor (and it was in the past when Kerry where dominant in the 80s). There are however many moving parts.
I suppose if one looked at the attendances per County overall, you might put everything into context.