Watch: Colm O'Rourke Calls For Revolution And Perfectly Sums Up Problems With GAA

Watch: Colm O'Rourke Calls For Revolution And Perfectly Sums Up Problems With GAA

After another thoroughly disappointing quarter-final, another drubbing for the team on losing side, Colm O'Rourke had enough.

Speaking on RTÉ following Mayo's 22-point destruction of Roscommon, O'Rourke called for a revolution. In particular, he would like to see the GAA adopt a socialist model and step away for the capitalist model.

The Super 8 format which will be introduced next year is another worry for the Meath man. He's not the only one this weekend to ask questions about how competitive the two group stages will be.

I've been beating this drum for quite a while. In fact, I said it here in studio one day about a new change in format and Pat Hughes said 'the way of the world is the strong get stronger and the weak get weaker'.

My idea of the GAA is that the GAA should rail against that sort of capitalism concept. We should have a form of socialism.

I am worried about the drift to elitism with the GPA, the Sky deal which disenfranchised half a million people from seeing matches on Sunday and all these other ways: The Super 8, which is going to mean very little for 24 counties; they are never going to get an opportunity to play here in Croke Park.

Unless the GAA change tack on a lot of fronts and the All-Ireland Senior Championship is just one of them because it's irrelevant now to the vast majority of players. A lot of them are walking away now and saying, 'We don't want to play with our county team anymore' because there's too much effort for no chance of reward.


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