FROM ODHRÁN CRUMLEY
Kerry legend Paul Galvin has spoken out on the lack of proper analysis on RTE’s flagship GAA highlight show, ‘The Sunday Game’.
The programme has been in the headlines in recent weeks, with Dublin manager Jim Gavin refusing to speak the broadcast media, while Tyrone and their manager Mickey Harte refuse to speak to RTE on all fronts.
Over the course of the past week Sunday Game pundits have stolen the headlines from the games themselves with the bickering and criticism of Joe Brolly and Dessie Dolan towards fellow panellist Pat Spillane. Both men criticised the Kerry man on the show last Sunday while Spillane was not in the studio.
All of the drama has irked Galvin who believes it has taken away from what the programme should be about. The former All Ireland winner watch hit show ‘Love Island’ for two nights before making his statement.
“There are less hormones at play on Love Island than on The Sunday Game. The efforts of the last two weekends prove what I have long believed. The show is a liability to the GAA and now a liability to RTE too. If the powers-that-be in Croke Park and Montrose have any vision they will get together, take it off the air at the end of the season, rebrand it and relaunch it with new talent in a new direction. The current offering is reductive, agenda-led and has been mired in a culture of bias for 10 years. Thank God for Dara O Cinnéide and GAA Nua. At least that’s teaching us something about the game and adding to popular culture”.