Sky Sports release statement on Kildare v Mayo venue dispute
The broadcaster is committed to showing the game.
Sky Sports have released a statement regarding their coverage of the upcoming All-Ireland qualifier between Kildare and Mayo this weekend.
After Kildare steadfastly refused to give up their home advantage by switching the venue from St Conleth's Park to Croke Park, the GAA responded by saying that the fixture will take place in Croke Park regardless of Kildare's protests.
If Kildare refuse to show up at Croke Park, the GAA have said, Mayo will get a walk-over win.
At present, the issue is at a deadlock as Kildare and the GAA try to find an agreement, while a groundswell of public opinion has emerged in support of Kildare's stance on the issue.
Amidst the debate that has arisen about the issue this week, it was suggested in some quarters that Sky Sports, the broadcaster for the fixture, had some sort of say in the issue.
This isn't the case.
Sky released a statement to JOE which reads: "Sky Sports has introduced red button functionality to cater for all eventualities including extra time for when we have double headers on our GAA coverage.
"Sky has absolutely no influence on the selection of venues for live televised matches. In any event, we will have crews ready and in place to film this weekend’s games regardless of where they take place."
Sky are ready to show the match, regardless of the venue. All that needs to be settled now is the actual venue.