One aside (and Wexford should know better than most from a man who was a sales rep with a driver after his own ban for being over the limit for many years) let's stop pretending a lot of GAA players get nothing out of it. At the top end many get successful careers based on football and not ability, in the middle there are endless business openings, even at the bottom they get college for nothing. Remember a couple of Tipp hurlers during the bust on the Late Late thinking being good at a sport entitled them to a job over people who were more qualified.
Obviously exceptions and yes, deserved in multiple cases, but many athletes in other sports in Ireland put in more time, more effort, and never get the day in a full stadium, never mind recognition so regularly. Of course that's before we get to... If you don't want to, don't!
In essence what we have here is lads complaining about something loads of other athletes do for far less, saying they don't get enough, when no one actually made them do it in the first place. Think about that for a minute rather than the GPA brainwashing. If you hate it so much, the club is right there and if even close to a majority of county players thought it had gone too far rather than bartering for more for the sake of it, they'd stop playing. Lads in charity jobs don't whine if they don't like it, they quit, and fair play if they feel it's worth that as they stand up for it.
Here in the GAA no one stands up for anything because they actually enjoy it but still want more and more for playing along. Who funds their semi-pro athlete lifestyle as an example? Is that a benefit in terms of health, career and experience?
Sorry for rant, but so tired of the poor me, I chose to be a semi-pro athlete with professional benefits, for a few years. If you don't like it, don't f**king do it.