MHSAA Member Schools Will Not Participate
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --April 15, 1999
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In FOX Sports Net National Football Championship Game
Mich. -- In response to an announcement by FOX Sports Net regarding
the creation of a national high school championship game in the
sport of football, Michigan High School Athletic Association
executive director John E. "Jack" Roberts said that
member schools will not participate in the promotion which is
scheduled to begin at the conclusion of the 2000 season.
MHSAA regulations, which schools adopt as a condition of membership
upon joining the voluntary association, prohibit national competition
for teams and individuals.
"This organization is opposed philosophically to the concept
of a national championship and could site a list of practical
problems the concept created in both administration and effect,"
said Roberts. "We are in a desperate battle to keep high
school sports within an educational framework and to avoid the
abuses and excesses of other levels of sports. The heart and
soul of high school sports is its local flavor. National competition
adds nothing but problems we can avoid or long-delay by saying
'no' to playoffs like this."
Roberts added that the management of the regional FOX Sports
Net affiliate in Michigan, FOX Sports Net Detroit, which has
just completed the first of a three-year arrangement to televise
several MHSAA championship events, including football, is aware
of the Association's concerns; and of a request to communicate
those concerns to national management of FOX Sports Net.