I love this one - “Regular Sponsor Offers”.
I think the GPA is a bit of a joke of an organisation, and essentially its for the upper echelons of inter county players, so I’d prefer if they changed their name accordingly, cos they mean fuck all to the average club player, or indeed the likes of a Westmeath inter county hurler.
HOWEVER, the GAA have handled this exceptionally badly and their feigned surprise and indignation at the threatened withdrawal of GPA players from interviews at the weekend doesn’t cut it. The constant excuse of the Uachtaran not being able to meet because he’s settling into the job is getting a bit long in the tooth as well. Have any of the prospective candidates for GAA President in the last 10 years never heard of or considered the GPA? There seems to be this complete reluctance to talk to them.
Player grants are the main issue, but the GAA could work with the GPA to find a solution. These kind of threats from the GPA are borne out of frustration with the association.
They won’t ever strike though. If the GPA pushed the nuclear button and an all over inter county strike ensued, it would be the end of the GPA. They don’t have (contrary to what they say) enough members, and certainly not enough active members. The GAA will always outlast them. Cork is a classic example, from what I can see (outside of Cork) there is nothing but negativity towards Cork hurlers at present.
4 things need to happen here:
- The GPA need to get rid of Dessie Farrell, he’s an idiot who is using the GPA for his own business and personal agendas
- The GPA need to realise the money for the grants is severely restricted.
- The GAA need to cop themselves on and start talking to find a solution to this festering boil
- Martin Cullen needs to get up off his arse and start committing funds.
50 squids? Surprised its not more.
Do the GPA take a percentage of what players earn from these “Regular Sponsor Offers”?