Round-robins within the provinces are probably the answer. Some people will say Kerry this and that, they beat Cork by 22 points in a Munster final, but you’ll still be getting a number of competitive games within the provinces which will help the standards.

The scenario described above in which a relegated team ends up winning the Tailteann Cup is not one which likely to occur often, although it is a possibility.

However, this format does seem to have plenty of positive aspects. Each county would still have a chance to win Sam Maguire at the start of any given year, while also being put into a more competitive championship if they are not at that level.

The controversy about the provincial championships seems to be the only stumbling block.

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