THE Kerry GAA’s public relations officer has said it is upsetting that people are blaming county boards and PROs for technical issues that have emerged during some the live-streaming of games being shown during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Following several online complaints from supporters over breaks in service, poor picture quality and loss of commentary in some games being broadcast, in a number of counties, Leona Twiss wasn’t happy with the tone of some of the comments from fans venting their frustration on official county social media sites.
In a Twitter post on Saturday night, the Kerry PRO remarked: “This is new to us all! Do people realise we want it to work more than anyone? We are volunteers! No need for the nasty comments!”.
Supporters were quick to defend the Kerry County Board in their online responses to her remarks and it is also known that GAA executives in other counties also came under fire when technical hitches arose.
The Mayo County Board had to apologise and offer refunds and free coverage to supporters on Saturday when technical faults impacted on the live-streaming of the Westport v Breaffy senior championship clash.
Problems emerged in Kerry with the streaming of the high-profile senior championship game between Mid Kerry and Kenmare Shamrocks when coverage of the crucial last stages of the game, which was very delicately poised, was lost while interruptions also impacted on the Dr Crokes v Templenoe encounter and some other games.
The Kerry GAA made amends, however, by broadcasting the closing stages of Kenmare v Mid Kerry as soon as possible and they were quick to stress that the live-streaming service provider was at fault and not the county board.
The general consensus among GAA fans throughout the county is that the €5 fee for the pay-for-view in Kerry is good value for money at a time when supporters are being denied an opportunity to attend games they wish to see.
In addition, a number of clubs are also broadcasting free coverage of games on their own Facebook pages and that offers a top class service to fans who can watch from the comfort of their own homes at no cost whatsoever.
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