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Earlier Saturday night start in store for NFL

By John Campbell

IN what is certain to prove a welcome innovation, Saturday night matches in the National Football League will commence at 7.00pm

Since such games were introduced to the itinerary following the floodlighting of the major grounds, they have started at 7.30pm.

But GAA administrators have confirmed that the feeling among supporters is that the earlier start will be more suitable.

“We feel that 7.00pm is a better time for games,” stated Croke Park officer Fergal McGill.

“Our throw-in time for Saturday evening games during the summer is 7.00pm so it makes sense to apply this to the league as well.

“There's no reason why games should start as late as 7.30pm because Saturday isn't a normal working day.

“We will try it out and see how it goes. If it doesn't work out, we will review it at the end of next year.”

Travelling fans have been less than encouraged by the 7.30pm starts and it is expected that attendances could now increase.

The National League starts in February with a number of games due to be screened live by Setanta Sports.

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