Fans upset as three of Cork's 2024 Munster SHC games behind GAAGO paywall

Fans upset as three of Cork's 2024 Munster SHC games behind GAAGO paywall

It was announced earlier today that GAAGO will once again stream several GAA games on their platform for the 2024 GAA season. However, Cork hurling fans on social media feel they have been given a hard end to the broadcasting deal. 

The controversial platform, which has a partnership with Irish broadcaster RTE, came under fire last year for selecting the games it selected on its platform. Many fans around the country complained about the service.

Because of the controversy last summer, sporting bodies and media firms, including RTÉ, appeared before the Oireachtas Media Committee to discuss the future of sports broadcasting and the controversy around the GAA streaming service.

This year, the broadcaster has claimed that it will show twenty-two games for the Sam Maguire Cup, nine for the Liam McCarthy Cup, and seven for the Tailteann Cup in 2024. However, three of Cork's four games in the Munster SHC will be behind the paywall and not feature on the free-to-air service provided by RTE.

Just like the Kerry football fans felt aggrieved last year, this year Cork hurling fans will feel hard done by. Cork's clash in the Munster Championship against Waterford on April 21 in Waterford will be behind the paywall. The following game against Clare in Cork on April 28 will also be behind the subscription choice. And on Saturday, May 11, Cork's game against the All-Ireland champions will be on the platform.

Cork fans on social media have reacted to the news that they will have to pay money to see Cork's hurlers in action. Many are not happy with the news today

"Three Cork Munster hurling GAA matches behind a paywall. I wouldn't give @gaago the steam off my p**s," said one user on X. "Potential football game (should Cork beat Limerick) v Kerry also on GAAGO. Most Rebels supporters will not be happy, I'd imagine," said another. "This is absolutely outrageous. The controversy surrounding the GAA/RTE and GAAGO; they're still pushing this nonsense into 2024," added another X user on Monday.

The saga will more than likely rumble on for many months like it did last year. Here's hoping it doesn't

In case you missed the news earlier here's the full set of fixtures released today

2024 GAAGO Match Schedule

6 April
CSFC quarter final: London v Galway

7 April
CSFC quarter final: New York v Mayo

14 April
LSFC quarter Final: Kildare v Westmeath/Wicklow

20 April
MSFC semi-final: Kerry v Cork/Limerick

21 April
MSHC round-robin 1: Waterford v Cork

27 April
LSHC round-robin 2: Antrim v Wexford
USFC semi-final (Fermanagh/Armagh v Down/Antrim)

28 April
MSHC round-robin 2: Cork v Clare
LSFC semi-finals: Kildare/Westmeath/Wicklow v Louth/Carlow/Wexford
Dublin/'Longford/Meath v Offaly/Laois

4 May
MSHC round-robin 3L Waterford v Tipperary
LSHC round-robin 3: Wexford v Galway

11 May
MSHC round-robin 3: Cork v Limerick
LSHC round-robin 3: Carlow v Kilkenny
Tailteann Cup Rd 1 game

18 May
SFC round 1 x 2 games
Tailteann Cup round 2 game
LSHC round-robin 4: Dublin v Kilkenny

25 May
SFC Round 1 x 2 games

26 May
LSHC Round-robin 5: TBC v TBC

1 June
SFC round 2 x 2 games
Tailteann Cup round 3 game

8 June
Tailteann Cup preliminary quarter finals x 2 games

15 June
SFC round 3 x 2 games
Tailteann Cup Quarter Finals x 2 games

16 June
SFC Rd 3 x 1 game

22/23 June
SFC preliminary quarter finals x 4 games

29 June
SFC quarter finals x 2 games