MHSAA TV-Radio Coverage In 1999-00
Includes FOX Sports Net,
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --November 10, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Andy Frushour-- 517.332.5046
Michigan Live and own Championship Network
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Nov. 10 - There are more ways than ever
before for fans of high school sports to enjoy coverage of Michigan
High School Athletic Association championship events, a menu
which expands in 1999-00 to include a greater presence on the
World Wide Web.
For fall season championships, the package is highlighted by
two weekends of live coverage of the MHSAA Football Playoff Finals
and Girls Basketball Finals on FOX Sports Net. FOX Sports Net
is covering both events for the second straight year in 1999,
with the games reaching over 2.4 million homes. However, due
to a conflict with Detroit Pistons games, the Division 4 football
finale at 8 p.m. on Nov. 26, and Class B girls basketball game
on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., will be aired on alternate channels on most
systems which carry FOX Sports Net. Both games will have same-day
delay airings later those evenings at 12:30. In addition, the
Division 4 football game will also be shown at 12:30 p.m. on
Nov. 28; and the Class B girls basketball game will be replayed
on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
The MHSAA Championship Television Network will also provide coverage
of the Boys Soccer Finals and Girls Basketball Semifinals. The
Boys Soccer Finals will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on a
network of cable systems that include AT&T, Bresnan, Comcast
and MediaOne on Sunday, Dec. 5. The Division 4 game will be
shown at Noon; followed at 2 p.m. by Division 3; at 4 p.m. by
Division 2; and the Division 1 finale at 6 p.m.
Most systems will air the games on the same channel utilized
for Michigan Government Television (MGTV). Additional replays
may also take place at the discretion of each participating cable
The December Dreams Recap, featuring highlights of the semifinals
for the Girls Basketball Tournament, debuts on Dec. 2-3. WSYM-TV
in Lansing will serve as the flagship station for the program,
featuring sports anchor Ryan Field. WSYM will air the program
at 10:30 p.m. each day. Other network affiliates and their air
times for December Dreams Recap are: WLLA-TV in Battle Creek-Grand
Rapids-Kalamazoo, which will air the Dec. 2 show at 10:30 p.m.,
and the Dec. 3 highlights the following morning (Dec. 4) at 7
a.m.; WGKI-TV in Cadillac-Traverse City-Alpena-Sault Ste. Marie
will air the show at 11 p.m. each day; and WLUC-TV in Marquette
will air the program at 12:35 a.m. each evening.
On the radio side, the finals of the MHSAA Girls Basketball Tournament
will be broadcast on a statewide network of stations, and the
semifinal games will again be aired locally in the community
in which those games are played.
Stations already committed to airing the Girls Basketball Finals
on December 4 are: Flagship stations WMMI/WCZY-FM, Mt. Pleasant;
WABJ, Adrian; WATT, Cadillac; WCBY, Cheboygan; WBBL, Grand Rapids;
WGRY/WQON-FM, Grayling; and WIDG, St. Ignace. Additional stations
will be announced as they are added to the network. WMMI/WCZY
will also carry all 8 semifinal games on December 2-3.
Coverage on the Internet expands this year, with the MHSAA entering
into a partnership with Michigan Live. Michigan Live will originate
the audio of the MHSAA Football Playoff Finals, and will pick
up the audio of the semifinal and final games of the Girls Basketball
Tournament from the MHSAA Championship Network.
Michigan Live will also provide video on-demand of the Boys Soccer
Finals, with those programs available for viewing the week of
The Michigan Live Web Site address is www.mlive.com/preps.
Sponsors of the MHSAA Championship Network are Farm Bureau Insurance
and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
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.