Amateur Sports Network Goes On-Line
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Andy Frushour
517.332.5046 or www.mhsaa.com
With Football, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer Scores
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Aug. 19 - Results of
high school sporting events will be as close as a mouse click
for Internet users beginning Friday (August 27), as the Amateur
Sports Network begins to provide score services to the public
and media outlets.
The Amateur Sports Network is a Troy-based corporation which
high schools, at no financial obligation, may participate by
contributing information to the site and taking part in a variety
of fund-raising programs. ASN is a corporate partner of the Michigan
High School Athletic Association, providing the association with
web site hosting and e-mail services.
For the fall sports season, ASN will focus on providing scores
in girls basketball, football and boys soccer. The ASN database
is already loaded with the football schedules of all MHSAA member
schools, and the site will be undated each week with scores as
they are called in by schools participating in the program. Schools
wishing to have their girls basketball and boys soccer scores
on the site need only input their schedules so they can update
the information as games take place.
The ASN database can be updated by participating schools via
the Internet or by telephone. The telephone update features allows
a participating school to input its scores using any touch-tone
phone, speeding up the reporting process.
Eventually, the ASN database will expand to provide current information
about all school sports teams, including rosters, schedules and
results. The program also promotes student involvement through
the creation of Student Sports Information Directors, who will
be responsible for providing ASN with schedules, statistics and
scores on all athletic teams at their schools. Results sent to
ASN by SSID's will be posted to the Internet within minutes,
and conference standings would be instantaneously updated.
ASN will become the primary means of providing scores for its
media partners, including The Detroit News, WJR's Friday
Night Football Scoreboard, and the Great Lakes Prep Roundup radio
program, which can be heard on over 20 stations around the state.
In addition, scores can also be obtained from
ASN on a subscription basis via telephone or pager. The cost
for the subscription service is $35 annually, and telephone users
will be charged an additional 30 cents per minute while retrieving
scores. Coaches may participate at a discounted annual fee of
"The success of ASN hinges on schools participating in the
program," said Thom Lengyel, director of the Amateur Sports
Network. "ASN can reduce the need for schools to make a
laundry list of phone calls after a game by just submitting their
results to our database, which will be available to all media
outlets. We've been encouraged by the response of school athletic
administrators as we've recruited their involvement this summer,
and also believe that once people see scores available on-line
shortly after the completion of games, that participation will
The web site address for scores is www.asn.net. As of
August 19, approximately 125 schools had committed to take part
in the program. More schools are expected to join in the future.
Eventually, ASN will also be a resource for health and safety
information related to high school sports. Other future features
will include, a password-protected environment for schools to
obtain officials information.
The fundraising programs available through ASN will include Internet
connection services, sponsor advertising, sporting goods catalog
sales and on-line auctions. Participating member schools will
receive a portion of the proceeds through these programs, and
the MHSAA will also direct a portion of the revenues towards
sportsmanship or other educational campaigns.
The MHSAA will also serve as the standards board for ASN, directing
the tone and the content of the web site in a manner that is
consistent with the mission of educational athletics.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 public and private senior high schools
and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common
rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government
funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such
association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament
entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules
are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments conducted in
12 sports for girls and 12 sports for boys which attract approximately
1.3 million spectators each year.
MEDIA ADVISORY -
For more information about the Amateur Sports Network, contact
Thom Lengyel at 810.217.2075 or Paul Stolz at 248.740.7654, Ext.