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PremierLeague-News.Com - Armagh fans may find themselves dismayed that of their three National League games in Division One, two of them are set to be screened on a subscription channel that is soon to go out of business.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Armagh fans may find themselves dismayed that of their three National League games in Division One, two of them are set to be screened on a subscription channel that is soon to go out of business. The upcoming truncated leagues have two broadcast partners, similar to recent years, and will be shown by eir sport and TG4.Armagh have two home league games, against Tyrone on May 22, and Donegal on the 29th. In normal times, both games would expect to attract a five-figure crowd in attendance. But with spectators not allowed into the grounds under the current restrictions, it leaves access to the games very limited as few households in Tyrone or Armagh subscribe to eir sport, a company that is set to wind up in the coming months."There would be a fair number of Armagh fans who go to the matches," says former county captain and broadcaster, Jimmy Smith."That's the only thing I could think of, that they are hoping to get people to buy into it and enrol with it. There would be a huge interest in that match between Tyrone and Armagh supporters alone."And more people than could attend would watch it from their living room. The fact it is not on live would encourage people to get on board and then cancel it again. Perhaps that's the way they are thinking, because it is the pick of the matches."There is a certain irony that broadcast arrangements have been so rigorously adhered to in the present circumstances. Both Armagh and Tyrone have made commercial successes of broadcasting their own domestic competitions and might have managed something here, in order to provide an income stream back into the counties.At present, any Sky customer can subscribe to eir sport, at a rate of €14.99 (£13.04) a month, for a minimum of four months. That amounts to €60 (more than £52) for just two matches that Armagh fans are interested in seeing. RTÉ have not been granted any broadcasting rights for the league.
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.Irish language channel TG4 also have a player app that viewers can catch the action if they are already broadcasting a game at the same time.This is the case for the first weekend of the league coming up, when the Division One hurling league game between Antrim and Clare will be shown on the app, one hour after the ball throws in at Corrigan Park.News broke in mid-March that eir sport would not be bidding to screen any more live sport and announced their intention to end its broadcasting wing.Eir sport took over Setanta, a broadcaster of sports that began as an Irish-interest channel for exiles, at one stage sponsoring the London senior county teams.In recent times, eir sport had made an honest effort at covering games and had a respected midweek magazine show. They pulled off something of a coup when they brought former RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly on to deliver pitchside analysis. However, this will be their last league campaign.They released a statement recently, outling their reasons for ceasing, explaining; "The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on live sports across the world. Matches and competitions have been cancelled or postponed throughout the last year, disrupting the availability of live sports content."In addition, the almost complete closure of licensed premises here in Ireland has fundamentally changed the commercial model for subscription-based sports broadcasters. As we navigate these challenges, eir has made the decision not to partake in the latest rounds of sports rights auctions."There is no immediate change to the content provided by eir sport. We are currently exploring options for the future of eir sport."Eir sport's difficulties were accentuated in Eir's results for the second half of 2020 which showed an almost 50% drop in TV and content revenues from €22 million to €12 million.This pales in comparison to Eir's overall €297m revenue in merely the final quarter of 2020, putting into perspective the relevance of its sports channels or, conversely, lack thereof to the parent company's broader mission.Eir sport's contract with the Guinness Pro14 rugby competition involving the Irish provinces is set to expire at the end of this season while eir Sport has also in recent years broadcast League of Ireland football as well as Allianz League GAA and major professional boxing events."
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