MHSAA TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS UPDATE – The notice sent last week flushed out a number of requests for Tournament Media Passes, but we will probably hold off a week before processing the next batch to send to the printer.
Once we finish this second batch of passes, we’ll accommodate whatever comes in after that from our office – except during tournament runs. For Fall, that means once the Football Playoff field is announced, we won’t be processing Tournament Media Passes until after Thanksgiving weekend. We would still process credentials for Finals events the way we always have, so that those without Tournament Media Passes can still get access.
Remember two things - whether you have a pass in hand or not, it’s a professional courtesy to call in advance to the host athletic director to let them know you’re coming; and if you’re not working an event, don’t use the pass as a ticket to get in.
DEADLINE – FRIDAY - MHSAA NETWORK DECLARATIONS OF CLEARANCE – Audio outlets intending to originate MHSAA Tournament have until Friday (Sept. 7) to file a Declaration of Clearance Form with our office and pay the appropriate one-time administrative fee.
Network affiliates, in return for carrying the weekly program This Week In High School Sports during the Fall and Winter, and a minimum of 4 of the 8 games of the MHSAA Basketball Finals, are granted a rights fee waiver for all tournament games they wish to originate in any sport for the entire school year. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a link to the Declaration of Clearance form.
UPDATE MEETINGS BEGIN IN TWO WEEKS – A rite of new school year is the statewide Update Meeting series the MHSAA conducts during September and October. Media are invited to attend the luncheon served at six of the seven sites, listen to Executive Director Mark Uyl speak to the school administrators in attendance and to do one-on-one interviews.
Here's the schedule: Sept. 19 – Kalamazoo; Sept. 24 – Warren; Sept. 26 – Frankenmuth; Oct. 1 – Comstock Park; Oct. 8 – Gaylord; Oct. 10 – Lansing; Oct. 26 – Marquette (Morning meeting, no lunch served).
If you wish to attend, contact us at email@example.com.
AUDIO PSA’s FOR 2018-19 – A fresh set of audio Public Service Announcements will be is now available online. Scripts and downloadable mp3 files are available at:
We will be putting these same messages on USB Flash Drives and mailing them to audio outlets.
TROPHY GAMES – We’ll post the known trophy games taking place each week during the Fall. We have two on this week’s football schedule:
- Bulldog-Bearcat Award – Ottawa Lake-Whiteford at Petersburg Summerfield, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Golden Helmet – Holton at Hesperia, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Battle of F41 – Oscoda at Lincoln Alcona, Friday, 7 p.m.
- King of the Mountain – Saginaw Swan Valley at Freeland, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Gridiron Traveler – Lake City at McBain, Friday, 7 p.m.
- Brown Jug – Armada at Richmond, Friday, 7 p.m.
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 an 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