GAA announce there will be no Croke Park Classic in 2016

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Despite the success of 2014’s Croke Park Classic, will be no repeat of it in 2016. The slated matchup between Boston College and Georgia Tech was cancelled due to concerns about the value of the dollar against the Euro and lack of government support and funding. The connection between Boston College and Ireland was planned to be one of the main selling points of the game. The GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) said that without significant government funding the game would no longer be viable.

If the game had gone ahead it would have been the third time in five years that a college football game had come to Ireland. The GAA had in the past stated the ambition to be the college football capital of Ireland. This is part of a greater interest in American Football in Europe with the highlight being the staging of three NFL games next season in Wembley with the NFL viewing Europe as the next great market to tap into. With modern day technology it has become easier than ever for European to watch both college and NFL football. While the GAA hasn’t completely ruled out the game it has said it would need significant government funding.

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