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GPA CEO Identifies Football Championship Reform As Greatest Challenge

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 19 / 17

Dermot Earley, the new CEO of the Gaelic Players Association, "identified the reform of the Football Championship as the single greatest challenge that he has inherited from Dessie Farrell, his predecessor," according to Paul Keane of the LONDON TIMES. Earley has "taken a leave of absence from the D...

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