BATON ROUGE, LA (Nov. 27, 2013) – The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) announced earlier this week that it is one of 34 members of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) that has joined the NFHS Network, the new all-digital network devoted to the coverage of high school sports and performing arts through the Internet at www.NFHSnetwork.com.
The NFHS, in association with PlayOn! Sports (PlayOn), announced the official launch of the NFHS Network on August 1. With coverage of boys’ and girls’ sports and activities initially in at least 34 states during the 2013-14 school year, the NFHS Network becomes the largest aggregated destination for coverage of high school sports in the country. Through a subscription-based digital service available at www.NFHSnetwork.com, more students, parents and fans will be able to watch high school sports than ever before.
In addition to the LHSAA, NFHS member associations in the following states have finalized agreements and will be a part of the NFHS Network as the 2013-14 season begins: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In addition, member associations in a number of states are close to completing agreements and are expected to join the NFHS Network soon.
“We believe this is one of the greatest opportunities in the 94-year history of the NFHS as we are able to take advantage of new technology and showcase high school sports and performing arts on a national scale,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “We are excited to provide viewership opportunities for fans of high school sports that have never existed before. The NFHS Network will help showcase our primary mission of expanding participation and opportunities for involvement in education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities.”
“The LHSAA is thrilled to be able to offer this type of broadcast coverage to fans and supporters of high school education-based athletics in Louisiana,” said LHSAA Executive Director Kenny Henderson. “The NFHS Network has already broadcasted our state’s 2013 volleyball quarterfinals and semifinals as well as the cross country state meet and swimming finals to fans across the state who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to attend those events in person, and we look forward to what the future has in store.”
Postseason games in all sports sponsored by the LHSAA will be available online on the NFHS Network, except for select championship events for which the LHSAA has existing contracts with other media partners. Additional viewing opportunities for NFHS Network events will be updated as the school year continues at www.NFHSnetwork.com. A list of LHSAA events that will be available to the NFHS Network include:
- LHSAA/State Farm Volleyball Quarterfinals & Semifinals
- LHSAA/State Farm Cross Country State Meet
- LHSAA/State Farm Swimming State Meet
- LHSAA/State Farm Wrestling State Tournament
- LHSAA/State Farm Indoor Track & Field State Meet
- LHSAA/NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune State Soccer Championships
- LHSAA/State Farm Girls’ Top 28 Semifinals
- LHSAA/State Farm Boys’ Top 28 Semifinals
- LHSAA Powerlifting State Championships
- LHSAA Bowling State Championship Tournament
- LHSAA/State Farm Fast Pitch 26 Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Finals (5 of 7 games)
- LHSAA Gymnastics State Meet
- LHSAA Golf State Championships
- LHSAA Tennis State Tournament
- LHSAA/State Farm Outdoor Track & Field State Meet
- LHSAA/State Farm Baseball Semifinals & Finals (5 of 7 games)
The broadcasting of the above list of LHSAA events is at the sole discretion of the NFHS Network, and they are not obligated to air the entire list.
The NFHS Network will build on the past success of PlayOn’s high-quality coverage of high school sports at that state level. PlayOn currently steams nearly 30,000 events per school year and has worked with 32 state associations and sections in 26 states.
“Teaming up with the NFHS is a natural progression to build a truly national high school sports platform while honoring the local communities that support them,” said David Rudolph, PlayOn! Sports chief executive officer. “Our mission is to serve the current and future generations of student-athletes, support and encourage their participation and make their performances accessible to their friends, family and fans on every media platform they use.”
The NFHS Network is a joint venture between the NFHS and PlayOn! Sports and will be governed and overseen by a combination of NFHS and PlayOn executives.
“Ultimately, we want to make the NFHS Network the most treasured and trusted source for high school athletics,” Gardner said.
About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.
About PlayOn! Sports
PlayOn! Sports is the largest rights holder, producer, and aggregator of high school sports events distributed across television, the Internet, and IP-video enabled mobile devices. By combining state associations’ postseason content with the regular-season events of member schools, PlayOn streams more than 30,000 high school sporting events a year, providing marketers with a unique multi-media platform solution to reach teens, young adults and families. PlayOn is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in the Southeast, Midwest and California. View the PlayOn! Sports Network at www.playonsports.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @playonsports.
About the LHSAA
The LHSAA is a private entity that provides and regulates interscholastic athletic programs that promote fair and equitable competition among its member schools that is in the best interest of the student athlete. For more information about the LHSAA, visit www.lhsaa.org.