It's a typo ... it should read 'roasted'.
Have to say I may be an old dinosaur here (help Bart!!) but I am totally against any pay per view for GAA.
First it is an amateur organisation (ok ok) so any comparisons to soccer or rugby are just not relevant. How much money does the GAA need? Yes you could argue every penny it can get ... but at what price? People are giving up huge hours in underage coaching and voluntary activity and then can't watch their own county team (some of whom they may have coached) without paying for the privilege? So unless you subscribe to a foreign TV company (pardon the xenophobia) after you come home from 2 hours of coaching at the academy on a Sunday morning you may not be able to watch your national sport. And the kids you were coaching may not be able to see their GAA heroes either. Oh well .... at least they may get soccer on the Beeb ...
And spare me the bringing the games to a wider audience insult. A short while after the first Sky deal the GAA launched GAAGO ... to bring the games to a wider audience. As a mate of mine used to say 'I don't mind ya sh***ing on my head, just don't rub it in ..." It is a purely commercial (ie money making) decision - at least front up and admit that.
Are we in danger of losing Irish jobs when taking away our coverage from Irish based entities - not the GAA's problem I hear you scream! Correct ... and Hayes Hotel is a long way back ... Remember too that there was little or no financial difference to HQ in those initial bids by Sky and (free to air for all GAA members) TV3. John Costello argues about social capital .. this is not a million miles away from that concept ...
There are people now earning large salaries in the GAA and most are earning them ,,, but 'because I'm worth it' syndrome may be rearing it's head too. And if commercialism and money becomes the focus - increasingly the case - then we are moving further away from the ideals of 1882 with every passing year.
Like I said earlier, maybe I'm a dinosaur but the shrug shoulders acceptance of pay per view among GAA people has surprised and disappointed me in equal measure.