Tyrone's date with Dublin set for Sky cameras
TWO of Tyrone’s three games in the Super 8s series will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, including the visit of All-Ireland champions Dublin to Healy Park.
With their opener against Roscommon this Saturday also set to be screened by the subscription-based broadcaster, it will bring the number of their championship outings shown by Sky this summer to five.
The Ballybofey clash with Ulster rivals Donegal on August 5 (3.30pm), which will potentially have qualification hinging on its result, will be shown live on RTÉ television.
Both that game and the clash between Dublin and Roscommon are due to be shown on RTÉ at the same time on Sunday, August 5 and a spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed that both games would be live on TV.
Had they chosen to show the Tyrone-Donegal game online only because of the fixture clash, almost all viewers in the north would have been unable to access it, but that will not be the case.
The second-placed team in the group containing Tyrone and Donegal also appear to have drawn the short straw in terms of the turnaround to their semi-final.
The runners-up from group two will almost certainly face the winners of group one on Saturday, August 11, just six days after their final game in the Super 8s series.
The other three teams in the semi-finals will all have at least seven days’ rest, a consequence of the tightened calendar this year which will see both football last four games played across the one weekend of August 11/12.
The GAA yesterday confirmed the schedule for the rest of the quarter-final series, with Monaghan closing out their campaign against Galway in Pearse Stadium on Saturday, August 4 at 6pm. It will be played simultaneously with the other game in the group, Kerry v Kildare, and both will be shown live by Sky Sports.
In all, Sky has retained rights to 50 per cent of the quarter-final games, and in doing so they’ll bring to 15 the number of games they’ll show exclusively this year, one more than was originally agreed.
The GAA has bent its knee on the agreement’s rigidness in recent weeks, allowing Armagh’s game with Roscommon to be shown on RTÉ News Now, while also permitting this weekend’s All-Ireland hurling quarter-final between Kilkenny and Limerick to be shown live on RTÉ at the same time as Sky are showing Monaghan’s football tie with Kildare.
The organisation had previously held a stance whereby two games could not be shown live at the same time.
This weekend’s All-Ireland U20 Championship semi-final between Mayo and Derry will be streamed live on TG4.ie, while the other game between Kildare and Kerry will be shown live on TG4. Both throw in at 4pm.
Super 8 fixtures
Saturday July 14
Tyrone v Roscommon, Croke Park, 5pm (Sky Sports)
Dublin v Donegal, Croke Park, 7pm (RTÉ)
Sunday July 15
Kildare v Monaghan, Croke Park, 2pm (Sky Sports)
Galway v Kerry, Croke Park, 4pm (RTÉ)
Saturday, July 21
Roscommon v Donegal, Dr. Hyde Park, 5pm (Sky Sports)
Tyrone v Dublin, Healy Park, 7pm (Sky Sports)
Sunday, July 22
Kildare v Galway, Newbridge, 2pm (RTÉ)
Monaghan v Kerry, Clones, 4pm (RTÉ)
Saturday, August 4
Kerry v Kildare, Killarney, 6pm (Sky Sports)
Galway v Monaghan, Pearse Stadium, 6pm (Sky Sports)
Sunday, August 5
Dublin v Roscommon, Croke Park, 3.30pm (RTÉ)
Donegal v Tyrone, MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey 3.30pm (RTÉ)