KICKOFF!!! – All Fall sports will be engaged in regular-season activity beginning this week. Varsity football games may be played as early at Thursday (Aug. 29), and sub-varsity contests may be played as early as Wednesday (Aug. 28).
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS UPDATE – The first batch of passes was mailed last week to those outlets which submitted their information and photos by Aug. 6. We will build up to send another batch to the printer the week of Labor Day, and then handle requests that come in after that in-house.
It looks like we have all but a few daily newspapers which have submitted information; and about a half-dozen television stations. Even more radio stations and weekly newspapers are still missing in action.
If you haven’t submitted your information yet, do everyone a favor and get it to us today! Thanks!
MHSAA NETWORK SIGNUP – A nice response last week from radio stations and audio web outlets to join the MHSAA Network for 2019-20. We’re now around 75-80 percent of renewals from last year back in the fold. We will accept submissions through the third week of the football season and allow those outlets to receive a rights fee waiver for audio broadcasting on MHSAA Tournaments.
THIS WEEK IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS & BE THE REFEREE RETURN – A new season of MHSAA Network begins this week with the first editions of This Week In High School Sports and Be The Referee available. Both can be downloaded beginning Tuesday afternoon each week from the home page of the MHSAA Website, and can be heard on the MHSAA Network website.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS AVAILABLE – A fresh set of audio promotional announcements and scripts for the 2019-20 school year are now available on the PSA’s page of the MHSAA Website.
A number of video promotional messages are also available on the PSA’s page of the MHSAA Website.
Flash drives with audio and video messages will be mailed soon to selected radio and television outlets across the state.
MHSAA.TV RAMPS UP - A new season of live high school video streaming on MHSAA.TV is underway. Watch for weekly releases each Tuesday announcing highlighted games.
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