There’s a Special Congress on October 23rd to decide the format for next year’s championship.
There are two main “CHAINJ” proposals on the table.
Proposal A is to tinker with the Provincial Championships to have eight counties in each, which would presumably mean stuff like Wexford and Laois or Carlow moving into Munster and Fermanagh and maybe Offaly, Westmeath or Longford moving into Connacht.
Proposal B is to rebrand the League as the All-Ireland Championship and make the Provincial Championships glorified versions of the Most Reverend Dr. McKenna Cup. 12 teams would qualify for knockout stages.
Included in these are token proposals for Token Losers’ Cups.
Either proposal would require a 60% vote to be approved.
If neither is approved, there will be a vote to decide whether to have a championship with Super 8s as in 2018/19 or to go back to the 2017 system.
Both Proposal A and Proposal B are dog’s dinners in my view.
Decent enough article by McGuinness here in which he makes the argument that Proposal B in particular is a classic of the genre of “change for change’s sake”.
I’d agree with that. Personally I would compare it to the ideology behind the War On Terror. “We have to do something, and even if we haven’t a fucking clue what it is we should do, by God we’re going to do it.”
In my view the football championship should return to the 2001-2017 format. The GAA only seems interested in haplessly addressing the symptoms, not the cause of problems.
The problem is competitiveness, not the championship format. But if you fuck with the format, you can well and truly fuck the competitiveness, forever.