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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --October 13, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford-- 517.332.5046

MHSAA Championship Network To Televise Five Events
And Broadcast Girls & Boys Basketball Semifinals/Finals On Radio

EAST LANSING, Mich. - October 13 - Now in its 12th year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association Championship Network will televise five championships events for cable viewers across the state, and expand its radio efforts to cover the semifinals and finals of both the Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments.

Working in cooperation with the programming consortium of the Michigan Cable Telecommunications Association, the MHSAA Championship Television Network will provide coverage of Association finals in Girls and Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls Competitive Cheer and Ice Hockey. Participating cable systems include Comcast Cablevision, Media One and TCI Cablevision. Approximately 1.4 million cable homes will be able to view the telecasts. A complete list of participating cable systems and the local channels on which games can be viewed locally and air times will be announced at a future date.

The MHSAA Championship Television Network complements the recently-announced package of Association championships in Girls and Boys Basketball, and Football, which will be televised on FOX Sports Detroit. A total of eight events - four for girls and four for boys - are now scheduled to be televised in 1998-99.

On the radio side, the finals of the MHSAA Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments will be broadcast on a statewide network of stations, and the semifinal games of both tournaments will be aired locally in the communities in which those games are played. Arrangements are also pending for the final games to be available through the MHSAA Web Site - www.mhsaa.com.

Stations already committed to airing the Girls Basketball Finals on December 5 are: Flagship stations WMMI/WCZY-FM, Mt. Pleasant; WMPL, Hancock; WIDG, St. Ignace; WCBY, Cheboygan; and WBBL, Grand Rapids. Additional stations will be announced as they are added to the network. WMMI/WCZY will also carry all 8 semifinal games on December 3-4.

Sponsors of all MHSAA Championship Network broadcasts are Farm Bureau Insurance and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.