For decades, RTE and the GAA signed off on broadcasting deals with a gentlemen's handshake. The state broadcaster would agree to screen the two All-Ireland finals each year and maybe one or two other high-profile games. The GAA would collect a nominal fee in return.
There was no bidding process, no legal entanglements and no actual contract.
Indeed, the first time the two bodies signed a contract of substance was in March, when RTE secured...
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