McHugh says GAA's Sky deal shows Croke bosses 'out of touch'

Martin McHugh says that the GAA's landmark decision to agree a deal with Sky TV over the live coverage of Championship game shows that the association's top brass is "out of touch" with the sport's grassroots.

"It's really the clubs that are keeping the association going. Now to turn round to say to them that they are actually going to have to pay to watch gaelic football on TV? I don't think that is going to work at all," regular BBC GAA pundit McHugh told Radio Foyle.

"Also, the association cannot afford to pay players but with the GAA doing things like this, the players are going to say: 'Hold on a minute. We need a piece of this'."

While Croke Park's new arrangements will see Sky Sports showing live GAA games for the first time, BBC Northern Ireland will continue to broadcast a number of Ulster Championship matches.