The network first aired live coverage of the GAA in 2014.
In massive news for the GAA community, Sky Sports look set to renew their coverage of both Gaelic and Hurling Championship games in a deal that speaks volumes about the growing popularity of each sport.
The agreement will span five years, with 14 live games set to be broadcast by the English station each year.
If early reports are to be believed, the Irish organisation look set to pocket a cool 55 million Euro over the course of the deal.
Sean Kelly, former President of the GAA, admitted that a deal was close. In an interview with Newstalk Breakfast, Kelly said:
‘There will be people who will be upset, because when it comes to Championship time, there will be some games involving their county which they will not be able to see, live on tv. That’s a pity, but I suppose a reality‘.
As Kelly alluded to, some fans will unfortunately miss their county’s Championship games, but such followers must understand that the monetary gain afforded by a deal like this is too much for the GAA to turn down.
Additionally, the possibilities brought forth by both Gaelic and Hurling being broadcast on such a big-name stage are endless, with further investment opportunities being created as the GAA becomes more globally recognised.
According to the Irish Independent, RTE will retain their 25 game haul, with BBC Northern Ireland set to continue their coverage of the Ulster Championship.