The segregating of the football championship looks to be moving a step closer, with GAA president John Horan this week telling the media that the GAA are in favour of the proposal, with a likely sweetener for its implementation the 'B' final replacing the All-Ireland minor final as the curtain-raiser to the senior football final.
Counties must vote for it, however, and Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien has outlined some arguments against its implementation.
He published his thoughts on his Twitter.
- 'B' Championship will never attract sufficient media attention - no appetite in media to cover secondary competitions. As a result many players will not be interested in playing for county. Top tier will hoover up all of the publicity and attention. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND.
- NFL serves that purpose. Four divisions in Order of Merit. That's where counties need to focus. MARKET IT properly.
- Narrowing the base does not promote the game - rugby is the example. Creating ELITISM.
- Answer is to support these counties, not exclude them. FUNDING....
- Arms race at top between 4/5 counties and others cannot join it. LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD.
- How do we fit more games into a crowded calendar?
- Recalibrate relationship between CLUB AND COUNTY. Balance is completely skewed and this makes it worse.
- Championship is about the big day, the dream of taking out the big gun, memories of Carlow v Kildare, Tyrone, Monaghan and Dublin will never be matched by a B competition. NEVER.
- 4 provincial titles are still VERY IMPORTANT.
- ESRI Report - 31 hours a week...we need to pull the game back, not make it more elite.
We are allMost of us are amateurs.
- It's not about a day at Croke Park....
You may not agree with all of Turlough's points, but few will disagree with all of them...