SHORT TERM GAIN OR LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT ?

2 February 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Kevin Carney
National League Report

The championship will always be the main dish in the world of Gaelic games but the NFL still makes for a great appetiser.

And the news that attendances for the blue riband competition across the country in 2016 were down on the previous year shows that fans’ appetite for championship fare is not only far from inexhaustible but, as records over the years indicate, fickle into the bargain.

Football fans are becoming more and more discernible and it will be interesting to see how attendances pan out in the NFL in the coming months, especially in light of the expanded live t.v coverage planned and the wicked weather that is forecast.

Still, attendances at matches in the winter – including at provincial and all Ireland club stages – have been remarkably consistent over the years. For GAA families, the age-old tradition of ‘being there’ certainly still holds a lot of sway.

In that regards, it was interesting to see a few weeks ago some four and a half thousand supporters attending the Cavan v Tyrone Dr. McKenna Cup match at Kingspan/Breffni Park and double that figure is…

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