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Dublin's Reported Kit Deal Brings Them Closer To Jim McGuinness' Roman Abramovich Prediction

Dublin's Reported Kit Deal Brings Them Closer To Jim McGuinness' Roman Abramovich Prediction
By Will Slattery

Another good deal done by the Dublin county board. A lot has been made recently of Dublin GAA's earning power in relation to the rest of the country but you have to admire the financial savvy of the business people behind the county.

They have a massive advantage in population but Dublin have aligned themselves with sponsors who are willing to pay big money to be associated with the team - like AIG paying the county a reported seven-figures to be their shirt sponsor.

And besides these big deals, recent figures also showed that Dublin received €1.46m in grants from the GAA last year - more than all the other counties combined.

With all that money being pumped into Dublin, it is no surprise that other counties are looking on with more that a bit of envy. More like downright anger.

And if today's report in the Irish Sun comes to pass, Jim Gavin's men will have an even larger war chest* going into next year's championship .

*Any day you fit the phrase 'war chest' into a story is a glorious, magnificent day!

The Sun are saying that Dublin are close to signing a 'six-figure' jersey deal with a 'continental' shirt manufacturer. As well as contributing significantly to Dublin's finances, this deal would also see the county become one of the few teams who don't wear jerseys made by O'Neill's.

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Waterford and Sligo have branched out to Azurri and Kukri respectively, but it will be very interesting to see who Dublin end up wearing.

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They already share a shirt sponsor with the All Blacks, could they also share a shirt manufacturer in adidas?

No matter who ends up making their jerseys them, Jim McGuinness' remark that Dublin were becoming like Chelsea under Roman Abramovich looks increasingly prophetic.

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