WE'RE ON SPRING BREAK - This Week In The MHSAA is on Spring Break for the month of April. We'll begin weekly postings in this space again as we get closer to year-ending post-season tournaments.
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASSES - If you have a new staff member and wish to obtain a Tournament Media Pass, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll process requests through the middle on May, when Spring tournaments begin.
SOFTBALL ADVISORY - A new NFHS Softball Rule for 2019 eliminates the photographers box chalked off inside the fence lines. The box is still allowed in baseball, but media outlets need to request it of regular season site managers in advance of going out to a game. Don't just show up at a game and ask for a box to be put down.
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