MARCH TO THE END – The final round of the Boys Basketball Tournament concludes the Winter season this week, and all of the Quarterfinal and Semifinal games will be streamed live on MHSAA.tv.
Quarterfinals take place on Tuesday (March 20), with semifinals on Thursday and Friday (March 22-23), and Finals on Saturday (March 24). The first three games of Saturday’s Finals will be live, and the fourth will be shown on a same-day delay basis. All of the Final games will be live online on FoxSportsDetroit.com and FOX Sports GO!
Follow all the tournaments on their respective sports pages of the MHSAA Website. Media Tournament Information forms have now been posted.
THEN FOLLOW THE SPRING – We are into the second week of the Spring sports season, and all sports may begin competition this week. Spring post-season tournaments begin on May 17, and conclude on June 16.
EVERYBODY MUST REGISTER FOR BASKETBALL CREDENTIALS – For the Basketball Semifinals and Finals, all media wishing to attend must register in advance on the MHSAA Website – even if they have a Tournament Media Credential! This is so we can plan press seating appropriately.
The deadline for registering is 4 p.m. on Wednesday. This includes audio broadcast outlets. Confirmations and additional information will only be sent to those outlets which pre-register.
You can register on the Credentials page of the MHSAA Website.
BROADCAST 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:
- Audio: 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. You are limited to 2 seats on press row.
- Video: 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 basketball game, a team v. team wrestling dual, hockey).
CHECK OUT JACK ROBERTS' BLOG-- MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts is the only executive director of a state high school athletic association in the country to blog on a regular basis, and he posts entries on our website every Tuesday and Friday throughout the year with his thoughts about high school sports.
Here are Jack’s entries from last week:
The Power of the MIAAA – “This winter, as we watched a member school go off the rails over a transfer student’s eligibility, we were given a reminder of the power of professionalism and partnerships in the conduct of both personal and corporate affairs. While poison spewed from that school and two celebrity attorneys, the MHSAA kept a low profile and stayed on the high road. We worried less about defending ourselves and more about encouraging others to defend the policies and procedures they had adopted for school sports in Michigan. As usual, the MIAAA and many of its individual members led the effort.”
The Imperative of Institutional Control - “Lacking sufficient staff time and subpoena power, the MHSAA must depend on local school administrators to police their own programs, communicate with their neighbors, and report what they believe might be violations within their own and nearby programs.”
You can follow Jack's blog through the home page of the MHSAA Website, or go directly to the blog's archive page by clicking here.
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)
Jack Roberts' Blog
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