WHAT A MARCH – The 95th MHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament begins with District play on Monday (March 9). The Girls Basketball Tounament is in its Regional Round this week. Finals will take place in Ice Hockey, Girls Gymnastics and Lower Peninsula Boys Swimming & Diving.
You can track each tournament on its respective sports page of the MHSAA Website. Media Tournament notes can be found by Clicking Here.
TUESDAY DEADLINE FOR HOCKEY & SWIMMING CREDENTIALS – For this week's finals, you only need to submit an application for credentials for those who do not have Tournament Media Passes. The deadline for Ice Hockey and L.P. Boys Swimming and Diving is 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Please note that this is one day earlier than previous years.
IMPORTANT BROADCASTING INFORMATION – The NFHS Network will have live video streaming of more Basketball tournament games than ever before this year on MHSAA.TV. This is due to the growing number of Pixellot units being installed in member schools.
All games on the NFHS Network are exclusive to the Network. Applications to stream video at those sites will not be approved. Audio applications will be allowed.
Here is the complete list of Girls Basketball Regional Tournament sites being covered by the NFHS Network: Regional Sites: Final at Mt. Pleasant, Fowlerville, Livonia Clarenceville, Pellston, Semifinal at Grand Blanc, Walled Lake Western.
Here is the complete list of Boys Basketball District Tournament sites being covered by the NFHS Network: Armada, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian, Bloomfield Hills Roeper, Brethren, Bridgeport, Brighton, Burton Bendle, Cadillac, Calumet (March 9 only), Cedar Springs, Clare, Corunna, Flint Powers Catholic, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Grandville (March 9 only), Grandville Calvin Christian, Howell, Macomb Lutheran North (March 9 only), Painesdale Jeffers, Pellston, Pewamo-Westphalia, Plymouth Christian, Riverview Gabriel Richard, Saline, St. Ignace, St. Joseph, Walled Lake Northern, West Bloomfield, Williamston. Regional Sites: Final at Mt. Pleasant, Livonia Clarenceville, Negaunee, Rockford, Semifinal at Grand Blanc, St. Ignace, Troy, Watervliet, White Lake Lakeland, Williamston.
Additionally, the NFHS Network will cover all Quarterfinal games in Boys and Girls Basketball.
The NFHS Network will also cover the following the Girls Competitive Cheer Finals and Individual Wrestling Finals this week.
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES CLOSED FOR WINTER – You may still request Finals passes on a need-to basis using the online MHSAA forms.
APPLYING FOR PRE-FINALS CREDENTIALS – All media – including Tournament Media Pass holders – should always call in advance to sites they wish to attend games at in a working capacity. The MHSAA Office does not approve credentials for pre-finals events other than for outlets which are broadcasting at the site.
BROADCASTING REMINDERS - Outlets wishing to broadcast audio or video of MHSAA Tournaments are reminded that they must apply in advance in of the games with the MHSAA. Even if you have been covering a team all year, you must apply for broadcast rights.
A few other reminders:
- Applying first for a game does not mean your application will be given priority over other applications. In general, priority is given to the home team primary outlet as designated by that school’s athletic administration; then the visiting team primary outlet as designated by that school’s athletic administration.
- Audio broadcasts are limited to 2 press box seats, if available.
- No video originations will be approved for tournament sites where FOX Sports Detroit PrepZone and MHSAA.TV/NFHS Network originations are taking place.
- Other than games on FOX and the NFHS Network, live rights will not be granted for video on any platform – and that includes in-game highlights.
- Any games being originated via social media platforms (i.e., Facebook Live or Periscope) must be delayed until the end of the contest. The same rights fees and rules apply. The posting of less than three minutes of highlights (not counting interviews, pre-game/halftime activities) following a game is allowed without submitting a broadcast application or rights fees.
MULTI-MEDIA REGULATIONS – Here’s the shorthand version of regulations for media outlets wishing to broadcast events in their entirety or posting highlights of games, regardless of the platform – over-the-air radio/television, cable/satellite television, internet – including social media (Facebook-Twitter-Periscope, etc.); and still image use.
- Audio: During the regular season, all arrangements are between member schools and media outlets. When MHSAA Tournaments begin, if you’re broadcasting a game in its entirety, you must apply for rights through the MHSAA Office – even if the event is at the site of a school you’ve been covering all year. Updates of games inserted into broadcasts do not require an application, but cannot include any live description of the action taking place.
- Video: Nothing live at any time on any platform of entire games – regular-season or post-season. There is an exception for member schools which they must apply in writing for through the MHSAA Office, as well as MHSAA television partners – the NFHS Network and FOX Sports Detroit. Everything must be delayed until after the contest is concluded.
Outlets wishing to go live with pre-game, halftime and post-game content may do so.
During MHSAA Tournaments, if you’re using more than three minutes of game action, you must submit a broadcast application and pay the applicable rights fee. There are no restrictions on interviews. All game footage must be delayed – nothing live at any time. Any standups, interviews, etc., before a game, at halftime, or post-game can be live. The three-minute restriction applies to dual competition (i.e. a lacrosse game, baseball, softball, soccer). For other sports (individual track, tennis, golf), up to 20 minutes of game action is allowed daily on a delayed basis from a site.
- Still Images: There are no restrictions during the regular season. For MHSAA Tournaments, a media outlet may use still images created at tournaments for purposes consistent with its normal publication/business functions. Media outlets must have an agreement with its freelance photographers where the outlet retains all rights; and which does not allow for the selling of images beyond the outlet’s normal policies.
These terms and conditions which all outlets must agree to when applying for and using MHSAA Tournament Credentials can be found on the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website.
HEAD TO THE MEDIA INFORMATION PAGE - The number of calls we get weekly from media members looking for information could be saved by just clicking on the Media Information page of the MHSAA Website. It is the jumping-off point for everything from credentials to tournament information specifically for the media. You can also make a quick jump to key information by going to the black box at the bottom of many pages of the MHSAA Website.
Here's a list of important links that will also help you find media information from the MHSAA:
Credentials For Finals Events
General Media Information
Tournament Information For Media
Finals Press Notes
Scores & Schedules
Second Half-The Stories Behind The Scores
MultiMedia (Broadcast) Regulations & Forms
Public Service Announcement Scripts & Downloads
MHSAA Graphics (Logos & Staff Photos)
MHSAA.TV Website (Video)
MHSAA Network Website (Audio)
This Week In High School Sports - Weekly Audio Podcast
Sports Participation Listing
MHSAA Network Information
Additional Media Resources (Images & Videos)
MHSAA Facebook Page
MHSAA On Twitter
MHSAA YouTube Channel
Geoff Kimmerly, MHSAA Media & Content Coordinator
John Johnson, MHSAA Director of Broadcast Properties