Sporting organisations feel cost of being left on sidelines

Suspension of fixtures over Covid-19 outbreak puts severe pressure on rugby, GAA and soccer clubs

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
28th March, 2020
Sporting organisations feel cost of being left on sidelines
Irish soccer clubs’ reliance on gate receipts as their major source of funding left them in a vulnerable position, according to one former manager. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Frank Hogan had been hoping against hope, crossing his fingers, and calculating and recalculating the points per game and the league permutations in his head.

Hogan is the president of Garryowen rugby club, who play in the top division of rugby’s AIL league. After their last game, on February 28, they were in second place with four games to go.

With games against Ballynahinch, Trinity and Lansdowne to go, as well as a final...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Share this post

Related Stories

Comment: Irish rowers’ gold brings joy but the Olympics are nothing without heartbreak

Sport Emmet Ryan 17 hours ago

Making some history, again

Patriot games: why the flag of an Olympian can mean everything or nothing

Sport Matt Cooper 5 days ago

Analysis: Brisbane secures 2032 Olympics but host cities rarely win long-term

Sport Emmet Ryan 1 week ago