Selection Sunday Show To Air Live
On FOX Sports Net
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --October 14, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Andy Frushour-- 517.332.5046
EEAST LANSING, Mich. - Oct. 6 - The announcement
of the 256 schools qualifying for the expanded Michigan High
School Athletic Association Football Playoffs and the first-round
pairings will be unveiled on statewide television at 6 p.m. (EDT)
on October 24, on the Selection Sunday Show on FOX Sports Net.
The Selection Sunday Show will be a live, 60-minute program which
will carry the first announcement of the qualifiers and pairings.
The MHSAA, which in the past had produced a similar program on
PASS Sports, will produce the program, with FOX Sports Net providing
the vehicle for the statewide distribution. But the new program
has a different twist.
"In the past, when the pairings were announced on previous
programs, schools were already aware of their opponents and had
set a game date and time," said John R. Johnson, communications
director of the MHSAA. "With the new method of determining
playoff qualifiers and pairings, there also had to be a new method
of notifying everyone who had made the field and the first-round
We're pleased that our television partner, FOX Sports Net, was
willing to serve as the go-to source for that information."
The program, which will be hosted by John Keating and Matt Shepard,
will also feature an interview with MHSAA Executive Director
John E. "Jack" Roberts, and the statewide television
debut of the video, "What Kids Wish Their Parents Knew About
Sportsmanship." The program is sponsored by Farm Bureau
Shortly after pairings are announced on the Selection Sunday
Show, they will also be released to the media and posted to the
MHSAA Web Site - www.mhsaa.com. The approximate Web Site
release timetable is as follows:
Division 7 & 8 Pairings - 6:15 p.m.
Division 5 & 6 Pairings - 6:30 p.m.
Division 3 & 4 Pairings - 6:45 p.m.
Division 1 & 2 Pairings - 7 p.m.
Host schools will provide game dates and times to the MHSAA for
posting on its web site on October 25. Update times are approximately
Noon and 4:30 p.m.
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.