By John Johnson
MHSAA Director of Broadcast Properties
The MHSAA Network gets started for the 2018-19 school year this week, with live streaming football on MHSAA.tv.
The MHSAA.tv Website starts the 2018 football season with the NFHS Network streaming 11 games in three days from the Vehicle City Gridiron Classic at Flint and the Battle at the Big House in Ann Arbor on Thursday, the Thursday and Friday games at the Prep Kickoff Classic in Detroit and the West Michigan Sports Commission Gridiron Classic in Allendale on Saturday.
The MHSAA School Broadcast Program will be involved at three of the four sites for the NFHS Network this weekend. Montrose High School will produce the games at Flint. Lake Orion High School will produce the games in Ann Arbor, and Cedar Springs High School will produce the games at Allendale.
Topping off the weekend’s streaming activity will be a number of games being produced by other members of the MHSAA School Broadcast Program – which has experienced great growth since last year due to the NFHS Network’s automated production solution, Pixellot. Three dozen schools will be utilizing a total of 50 Pixellot units in the year ahead, with some schools installing multiple units to cover outdoor and indoor events.
All sporting events – live or delayed – are available on a subscription basis only for their first 72 hours online. They become available for free, on-demand viewing approximately 72 hours following their completion.
Thursday – Aug. 23
Freshman Football - Marshall vs. Freeland - 4:30 p.m.
Junior Varsity Football - Marshall vs. Freeland - 6:30 p.m.
Football - Westland vs. Novi - 7 p.m.
Football - Cass City vs. Montrose - 7 p.m.
Friday – Aug. 24
Field Hockey - Skyline vs. Novi - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – Aug. 25
Varsity Girls Volleyball - Norway - 9:30 a.m.
Monday – Aug. 27
Varsity Girls Volleyball – Ann Arbor Greenhills - 9 a.m.
Tuesday – Aug. 28
NFHS Network subscriptions begin at $9.95 per month. Subscribers will have access to all live video and streaming statistics across the country. All content becomes available for free, on- demand viewing 72 hours after being shown live. School Broadcast Program participants also will be selling Season and Annual Passes at a discounted rate. A portion of every subscription sold by a school goes to benefit its program.
A complete list of participating schools can be found on the School Broadcast Program page of the MHSAA website.
1. GIRLS GOLF Brighton carded a 318 to lead an elite field after the first day of the two-round Lober Classic; Rockford sat second at 324 – Ludington Daily News
2. GIRLS GOLF Brownstown Woodhaven was first and Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central second at the season-opening Airport Match-Play Tournament – Monroe News
3, GIRLS TENNIS Negaunee won every set in opening the fall with a victory over West Iron County – Marquette Mining Journal
Also of note …
FOOTBALL The story of Brady Hessbrook, and how his family is hoping to help others in similar struggles as they mourn his death, is a must-read as thousands of young people begin another school year – Detroit Free Press