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[ # ] Munster win the Inter-Provincial title
October 30th, 2007

The inter-provincial final on Saturday night looked great on the telly as it was played under the floodlights but in reality it was in front of a near empty Croke Park with only 10,000 in attendance. with John Mullane of Waterford lifting the cup.

It’s hard to know how to ressurect the inter-provinicals. The players claim they still want and appreciate it but the fans have no interest. We’ve got so much coverage of the games now on TV that there’s no aura or mystique to seeing the best players from a province play together, and even at that it’s rarely all the best players but a mish mash of who’s available at the time. Allied to the fact that hurling is played in so few counties it’s really only the all-ireland teams (all-stars etc.) that garner interest anymore.

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[ # 2206 ] Comment from [October 30, 2007, 5:15 pm]

I’m new to hurling, but do the players get a payout in these competitions at all? It reminds me of the all star games in the USA of baseball and football. Players often decline to play. But an incentive such as a payout could be helpful (players in USA get so much money this wouldn’t help them).

[ # 2207 ] Comment from Larry [October 30, 2007, 6:11 pm]

No payouts, no different than normal county games, maybe a free meal for the night :)

The problem isn’t really with the players it’s the lack of interest from spectators. The games are actually competitive, like regular games, whereas the american all star games would be less so I’d imagine?

[ # 2208 ] Comment from [October 30, 2007, 6:26 pm]

yeah, American all stars games are often non-competitive. The baseball game a couple of years back was actually called off as a tie (ties never happen in baseball). Because the managers were more interested in letting guys play than winning, they actually ran out of players. They came up with an interesting solution after that. Whichever league wins, their league champion gets homefield advantage in world series (title match). It has helped a tiny bit. But they never had audience problems.

There are obviously ways to create interest. But I don’t know what would work for those matches. I’m certainly interested!

[ # 2209 ] Comment from Larry [October 30, 2007, 8:26 pm]

That’s an interesting idea. Play the games early in the season, maybe between league & championship and the winning province gets some kind of bye or favourable draw in the championship.
Although it still probably won’t win over the spectators.
I guess these kind of games just don’t attract huge spectator interest, no matter what sport it is

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