Down County Board chairman Jack Devaney has revealed that 'almost every county' can expect a shortfall of income somewhere between £180,000 to £320,000 as a result of the effects coronavirus is having on the GAA season.
This will cause enormous ramifications for the manner in which the intercounty game is currently run, regarding expenditure levels on intercounty teams.
Just as recently as 2018, it was revealed that it cost around £13,500 per week to run the Roscommon senior football team during the season.
That kind of expenditure is impossible with revenue streams shut down during the pandemic.
For many, the prospect of an intercounty season is currently hanging in the balance, with outbreaks of infections on the rise and the threat of a second wave arriving from Europe.
While crowd sizes for outdoor events in Northern Ireland are currently at 400, the continued restrictions of 200 people in the Republic has many county boards in serious financial difficulty, with Westmeath chairman Billy Foley stating: "The reality is that if this continues, there will be no Westmeath county teams in 2021."
Devaney says: "It's worrying for everyone. At the outset of the year, you would have had a fair idea generally that if you manage your finances in a particular way, how you are going to offset your general expenditure to risen income.
"Your county teams obviously are a significant part of that expenditure at the moment.
"Because they are a significant part of everyone's budget and with the intercounty season set to come back on track now, there will be expenditure to that and it is nowhere near the sort of income you would have expected to bring on board. Then yes, it is a concern alright.
"At different levels, you would have concern for different counties as to whether sponsors or corporate partners are still in a position to help out."
Down footballers have two games left in their National League campaign; a home fixture with Leitrim and an away game to conclude against neighbours Louth, which will keep costs down ahead of their Ulster Championship tie away to Fermanagh.
Their hurlers are drawn to face London in the Christy Ring Cup quarter-final, but it remains to see if the Exiles can fulfil that fixture in late October.
With the intercounty season slated for a restart in mid-October, Devaney is in agreement with the GAA's stated policy that county teams cannot return to training prior to the set date of September 14.
"I think that approach by the GAA makes a lot of sense because, if you are going back in at this stage or any time before the 14th of September, you are immediately facing costs," he added.
"Counties are going to have to tailor expectations towards what they can put into county teams."
The depressing thing about this is that while most counties could survive under the present circumstances for the rest of 2020, there will need to be an entire rethink in order to fulfil a traditional county season in 2021.
"You are probably going to have to look at your general intercounty expenditure and see how you can reduce it in 2021, how are you going to do that and still manage the expectations of your county teams?
"It's a difficult one at this stage because nobody knows what 2021 is going to bring. Is the GAA going to change things? I don't get any sense at the moment that they are looking seriously at changing the overall structure of the competitions for next year that have been proposed in some quarters.
"Maybe the priority at the moment is to get through the remaining months and let's see what 2021 brings.
"To some extent, the rest of us are almost in that situation at the moment. You are almost firefighting because you know that you are going to be at a financial loss and you have to think about that before you look ahead."
A number of counties have embarked on streaming their club Championship fixtures and the Down county board have been testing their systems ahead of the first round, where they will stream three games of the Senior Championship, and hope to similarly broadcast all games beyond that stage.
"That will be an income revenue as well, even though it is a partnership with the streaming company," says Devaney.
"The benefit of it is two-fold in that it allows people access to games who wouldn't have been able to attend the games through restricted numbers."
The first week of streaming is being offered for free by the county board, while it will be £4 a game thereafter, with various offers provided for a number of games.