SKY SPORTS TOOK centre stage when they presented their summer’s GAA package in Croke Park yesterday,
Sky Sports’ GAA team: Jamesie O’Connor, Peter Canavan, Brian Carney and Rachel Wyse
The broadcaster unveiled their cast of presenters and analysts as they crank up their preparations ahead of their entry to the world of GAA this summer, repeatedly promising “better insight” and “deep analysis” in their maiden season broadcasting gaelic games.
Peter Canavan, Jamesie O’Connor and Rachel Wyse among the star names for landmark move to satellite channel…But what can we expect from this seismic development for the GAA beginning with Kilkenny v Offaly in the All Ireland Leinster Hurling Championship on June 5.?
Sky Sports’ GAA Coverage Team – Hi-Tech Coverage Analysts !!
The team, featuring GAA legends Peter Canavan and Jamesie O’Connor, boasts over four decades of television experience. On the pitch between them, the team has amassed both Footballer and Hurler of the Year awards, 17 All Star awards and six All Ireland titles across the two sports.
Coverage will be fronted by Rachel Wyse of Sky Sports News and Brian Carney, presenter on Sky Sports rugby league coverage
Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty will commentate on both hurling and football
Lead analyst Jamesie O’Connor will be joined by co-commentator Nicky English, both former Hurlers of the Year and All Ireland Final winners.
Lead analyst and 1995 Footballer of the Year Peter Canavan will be joined by co-commentator and 1985 All Star Paul Earley.
Despite these names all being touted in various reports over the past number of days, reporters attending yesterday’s launch were housed in a holding’ room with blacked out windows in order that they not see the Sky team getting pictures taken below on the Croke Park pitch.
Then, for no reason immediately apparent, analysts were brought to another room for a 15 minute break’’ after the conclusion of formalities before interviews were conducted. It is likely, it seems that more analysts will be added as summer goes on.
First Day Out In Kilkenny
Sky’s opening live broadcast on June 7th from Nowlan Park for the Leinster SHC clash between Kilkenny and Offaly will be the first real insight into how they will package their GAA coverage and what features contained therein. Although it appears that former the Ireland Rugby League and Union player Brian Carney’s selection as one of two presenters (Rachel Wyse being the other) was at least partly based on his familiarity with some of Sky’s analysis technology.
MDMA and Tony Kelly in Sky’s first ever GAA ad – The advertisement features Clare hurler Tony Kelly and Dublin footballer Michael Darragh MacAuley. The brief clip is set in Croke Park, and encourages viewers to “See GAA differently.
Technology @ GAA
There will be a sharp focus on what technological features Sky Sports bring to their approach but Smith is adamant that it will not come at the expense of their analysis.
“We’re trying to marry the polished technology that you see on Sky Sports along with the expert analysts that we have employed. The most important thing is what the analysts say. We don’t want to have a a situation where the analysts are concentrating on technology than entertainment.
“One of the reasons why we are bringing Brian (Carney) into the team is that he has worked with a lot of the technology we will be looking to employ within the GAA. He will be able to drive that in the early period.
“The televising will be from the ground. It means that we have to come up with a solution that is a mobile solution. The analogy would be ‘Monday Night Football’. That comes from Sky Sports studios in London and you only have to have the technology that works in that studio. There are greater challenges when you take that technology out on the road.”
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