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GAA Is Taken To Task For Allowing IRFU To Use Grounds For Potential Rugby World Cup Bid
Published August 22, 2012
THE BIGGER, THE BETTER: The IRISH INDEPENDENT reported that despite the apparent attractiveness of an Irish bid, other countries like Russia and the U.S. would seem "to fit into the Int'l Rugby Board's increasingly aggrandising attempts to globalise their sport." Despite the immediate obstacles in the path of a putative IRFU bid to go it alone when the bids are due to be submitted by next February, it "would seem churlish for them to ignore such a mouth-watering opportunity." The IRFU are much further down the road in terms of accessing the necessary stadia with permission from the GAA, as well as ensuring the government guarantees the €100M ($124.6M) required by the IRB from successful hosts. However, the IRFU "must stump up all the costs for the visiting nations as well as the costs surrounding each match-day" -- it's only revenue comes from ticket sales, as the IRB "hoover up all broadcasting and commercial income." The only way that the IRFU can hope to make money, and for the government to recoup its investment aside from tourism, is through boosting ticket sales. Hence, "the bigger the stadia, the better," which is where the GAA come in (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 8/21).