Sunday May 31, 2020

Business of Sport: A high tide for the blue wave?

The prospects of Dublin GAA commercialising its huge advantage of population face many bumps in the road ahead

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

31st August, 2014
Alan Brogan of Dublin tries to shake off Ryan Bradley of Donegal during the 2011 semi-final in Croke Park, the last time the two sides met in the All-Ireland Championship. Picture: INPHO

In 2011, just after their footballers won their first senior All-Ireland in more than fifteen years, the Dublin county board issued a controversial strategy document.

Entitled Unleashing the Blue Wave, it tapped into the age-old fears of Dublin’s huge population dominance, as it set as a target of winning of at least one All-Ireland football championship every three years and one All-Ireland hurling championship every five years.

Regardless of the result of today’s semi-final,...

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