THE DEADLINE FOR APPLYING FOR CREDENTIALS AND AUDIO BROADCAST RIGHTS TO THE 11-PLAYER FOOTBALL FINALS IS 4 P.M. MONDAY! AND ALL MEDIA ARE ON THEIR OWN FOR PARKING!!!
OFF TO FORD FIELD – The Fall sports season concludes this weekend with the 11-Player Football Finals at Ford Fields with games on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 29-30).
You can track the tournament on its sports page of the MHSAA Website. Media Tournament notes can be found by Clicking Here. Finals press notes will be posted early in the week and can be found by Clicking Here.
FORD FIELD CREDENTIALS – Everyone planning on covering the 11-Player Football Finals must submit the online credential application form by 4 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 25). This deadline assures that those needing passes cut and send will receive them by Wednesday (Nov. 27), as there is no Will Call at Ford Field!
Here’s a link to the Credentials Page: https://www.mhsaa.com/News/Media-Information/Credentials
FORD FIELD PARKING – The Campus Martus/Old Compuware Parking Ramp is no longer being used for this event, and you may no longer show your press pass for parking at any lot near Ford Field.
There are a number of Ford Field controlled lots surrounding the stadium which charge only $6 to park. Here’s a link to a map: https://www.fordfield.com/assets/doc/ford-field-parking-map-44e92ae5f8.pdf
We recommend the Ford Field Parking Deck on St. Antoine. You can enter by Gate G. Lots 4-5, the Lions/Tigers Garage, the D Garage and 61 E. Elizabeth are all Ford Field Controlled parking.
Media hauling heavy equipment for broadcast purposes will be allowed one QR code for parking in the D Garage. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
FORD FIELD PRESS ENTRANCES – Your press pass – be it just for the event or a Tournament Media Pass – is good at Gate A, Gate B and Gate G. Late game writers will be allowed to exit the building via Gate B to get to nearby parking lots.
BROADCASTING REMINDERS - DO NOT APPLY UNTIL SCHEDULE IS LOADED – 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:
- Do not apply for Football Playoff games until after the schedules have been loaded into the online system, which takes place by Noon on Monday the first week of the playoffs.
- 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. An additional 3rd seat may be granted by tournament manager in football on a space-available basis.
- 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.
TOURNAMENT MEDIA PASS PASS PROCESS CLOSED FOR THE FALL – We will begin processing applications for Tournament Media Passes again in December.
If you have not yet requested Tournament Media Passes after the Fall application period closes, you can obtain passes for Final events using the online application forms for L.P. Cross Country, Boys Soccer, L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving, Girls Volleyball and 8 and 11-player Football. For rounds prior to the finals, you're on your own to deal directly with site managers.
E-MAIL MAILING LIST UPDATE - During December, we will switch over our e-mail mailing list for releases and advisories to the addresses gathered during the Media Survey this Summer. Outlets which did not complete the survey will still receive mailings with reminders to update their information if they wish to receive releases heading into the Winter sports season.
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