The Gaelic Players Association have expressed their delight with the GAA’s announcement that Proposal B would have minimal financial implications if it were to be adopted at Special Congress on Saturday week.
The GAA’s finance department met with county board treasurers on Thursday evening and dismissed claims that the implementation of the new proposal would be financially advantageous to the Association.
Fixtures review task force member Conor O’Donoghue prepared a document early in the week which indicated that the GAA could bring in up to €10 million more due to the extra games that will be played under Proposal B.
In last night’s meeting, GAA director of finance Ger Mulryan said that Proposal B would lead to incomes of €18.8 million for the GAA, while Proposal A and C would bring in €19.3 million and €19.6 million respectively.
The GPA called these figures “surprisingly delighted” but reaffirmed their “delight” with the financial benefits for the GAA were Proposal B to come to pass.
A GPA statement read:
“The Gaelic Players Association are delighted that the GAA has confirmed that there will be no meaningful financial impact should Proposal B be backed at Special Congress, with only a 4.1% difference between any eventuality using the GAA’s surprisingly conservative attendance figures.
“Given that this has been a concern expressed, we’re happy to see it now clarified as it should put delegates’ minds at ease on this matter.
“The decision can now be made solely on the widely acknowledged need for change, fairness to all counties and the development of players and counties across the country.”