GAA county boards have been reminded that they could face financial penalties if they live-stream club games simultaneously with matches that are being broadcast nationally by rights holders.

TG4 and RTÉ are planning an extensive package of games through much of the now 13-week club window that will lead up to the resumption of inter-county activity on October 17.

The Irish Independent reports that counties keen to ramp up their streaming offering, especially in a climate of reduced attendances and possible reluctance of more vulnerable supporters to attend games, will have to pick and choose carefully to avoid breaching the existing streaming policy.

The GAA has been keen to remind counties over the last two weeks to maintain the integrity of the current contractual arrangements which extend until 2022.

Streaming games at the same time as national broadcasts is prohibited to avoid dilution of the rights holders' coverage.

With TG4 having the first two choices and RTÉ expected to pick off the next two and, in all probability, show them through Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, it greatly reduces the window of opportunity for counties keen to provide streaming services.


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