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JTG Signs Partnership With Sky Sports

We are delighted and excited to announce that the crew here at Jumping The Gun have today signed an exclusive partnership agreement with Sky Sports! The deal will begin with coverage and commentary from the 2015 national outdoor championships in August and run all the way through to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, covering all major Irish events in that time period. This will be a mutually beneficial deal which will service the greater sports fans of Ireland, as well as allowing Sky Sports to show their support for sports other than Soccer and Cricket.

The deal came to fruition after a chance encounter between Sky’s Soccer Saturday figurehead Jeff Stelling and JTG’s own Ronan Duggan, over a pint of the black stuff in Bandon, Co.Cork. Stelling was in the area to visit the home town of his good friend Graham Norton, a fellow Hartlepool United fan. Ronan’s extensive football manager related knowledge of the league two side caught the star presenter’s attention and it progressed from there. Stelling noted “Ronan’s awareness and intuition of a football team so far removed from his daily life got me thinking that he and his colleagues could be a great addition to the soccer saturday panel. Then he mentioned that athletics was his real passion so i thought yeah, whatever, an athletics show could be grand too.”

JTG CEO Feidhlim Kelly sitting pretty after signing with the Sky Sports Lawyers

JTG CEO Feidhlim Kelly sitting pretty after signing with the Sky Sports Lawyers

Managing director of Sky Sports, Barney Francis, was beaming to announce the news this morning to the world’s media. He was quoted as saying “this will be a huge boost for Sky in penetrating the Irish sports market. We of course signed on for the GAA championship recently, and now hope we can follow in the Irish broadcasters mold of treating athletics as a second class citizen”. Asked whether these athletics programmes and highlights will be given prime-time slots he responded “it will be shown when we have no more cricket highlights left in the archives. Coverage will be recorded live from the events, but we will most likely make the customer wait an unnessecary amount of time before being shown a compact and selective highlight programme.”

The highly lucrative deal will be entirely funded by giving football pundit Gary Neville one weekend off per year unpaid, which was more than enough to cover JTG’s yearly wage bill. Neville responded to the news by saying “Who or what is Jumping The Gun? Who or what is Athletics? Is this some programme about Charlton Athletic FC?”

The four man team will consist of distance experts Feidhlim Kelly and Cathal Dennehy, schools and junior guru Ronan Duggan, and sprints correspondent by default, Gerard O’Donnell. Dennehy is currently on a recon mission stateside doing a work placement with Fox news and ESPN, with the end goal of bringing some of that cheesy american presentation to the JTG outfit.

Stay tuned to the site as we release more updates about the deal over the coming days. Exciting times to be an Irish athlete, and an athletics fan.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, a coach, and a business management graduate. A former youth international, he represented Ireland in sprint hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump and relays. He is current senior 60m & former 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the events. Years of battling and finally overcoming injuries have led to his keen interest in strength and conditioning for athletes, as well as his current course of study: Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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