Irish Rugby is calling on all supporters to protect the future of rugby in Ireland by making a submission to the Government on the review of Designated Events ahead of the deadline of Friday, June 12.
Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations matches have always been live on terrestrial TV, and while that remains the IRFU’s preference, limiting the broadcast of games to this format only could have a seriously negative impact on all aspects of the game in Ireland.
The potential loss of current and future TV revenues will not only affect the competitiveness of Ireland’s professional teams, it will also affect the level of investment the IRFU can make in grassroots rugby.
The risk of a reduction in Irish Rugby’s revenues by up €;12.5m would result in the following:
- An inability to keep the top Irish players in Ireland
- A reduction in the number of professional players and teams in Ireland
- An inability to attract the best coaching talent to Ireland
- A reduction in investment in provincial infrastructure resulting in teams being unable to remain competitive in the PRO12 and in European competitions
- A reduction in funding in the grassroots game which affects the next generation of international stars from coming through