It is strange how the footballers have been effected much worse from it. I actually don't agree with it to be honest, I think a team progressing well into the season is better then one going out early, even if some of the lads will be lost later on. It is most likely that the players who are going to push through to senior are going to be on the team regardless if footballers are available or not.
I know we lost the likes of Kilkenny, Costello, Lowndes, O Callaghan to football, but I am not sure if anyone else lost out due to them playing minor. It is possible that some benefited from reaching All Ireland finals and the like.
Tipp have tried the same thing, and they have suffered also and I think stopped it.
But.. I can see the other side too, and I don't really know. The above is as much devils advocate stuff as anything else...