It’s a free world and the choice is yours. That’s fine. And I’m not having a go at you here.
As for the bigger picture, like, there’s soccer on television every Saturday and Sunday - if you were to go arranging fixtures around soccer on television, nothing would ever be played. And there’s a world cup next month with two matches on television every day for a month. Where do you draw the line? There were two Munster hurling matches on television last Sunday and I don't recall hearing calls to move the Leinster hurling to avoid the clash.
Put the match on, people can make their choice. As it is this year, with a round robin in hurling and four matches in the space of 23 days, most people are going to choose one or two or three of those round robin games to go to. That showed in the Nowlan Park attendance last Sunday, 7k there when it was almost 12k at the same venue in 2014. Chances are, Saturday’s is the one Wexford fans might choose to forsake – they’ve Galway at home and Kilkenny at a nearby venue to come. So no one need cite soccer on television for a reduced attendance.
I think proposing a change to 5pm is a bit extreme. If pushed, I’d change to 6pm. The hurling would be over by 7.30pm, which is before the soccer starts. The Wexfords won’t be home in time anyway. And no one is going to make Kiev in time anyway.
ditchhurler wrote:Unfortunately the champions league final is going to hit the attendance for both sides. I went to the Galway’s game with 4 lads and none of us are going Saturday night as we want to watch the champions league. Sure the gaa could have moved it to 5 and played the Laois v Westmeath game as a double header with Carlow and Kildare on the Sunday. People watch more than one sport these days
Pat Donegan. Signed out of respect for players and all involved with Offaly.