The NFHS Network has announced the list of football games currently uploaded by member schools to be live-streamed over the NFHS Network platform this weekend. Saraland High School will live-stream its game with LeFlore tonight. Among the other games Friday is the much anticipated Opelika vs. Auburn set for Opelika High School.
All three Champions Challenge games last week were archived by the NFHS Network.
A total of 19 games are slated. Those with NFHS Network subscriptions can tune in to any of these football contests. For more information, go to www.ahsaa.com and then click on the NFHS Network icon on the front page of the website or go to www.nfhsnetwork.com
Schools produce these contests through the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program (SBP). Interested schools can contact Matt Abramson at:
Matt Abramson|Southeast Territory Manager
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NFHS NETWORK GAMES AUG. 25 - 26
NFHS SBP Producer
Aug 25 - 7:00 CDT
Park Crossing vs. Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee High School
Aug 25 - 6:00 CDT
John LeFlore vs. Saraland
Saraland High School
Aug 26 - 6:30 CDT
Oak Mountain vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School
Fairhope vs. Foley
Foley High School
Marbury vs. Holtville
Aug 26 - 6:45 CDT
Whitehaven vs. Florence
Florence High School
Opelika vs. Auburn
Opelika High School
Prattville vs. Stanhope Elmore
Prattville High School
Aug 26 - 7:00 CDT
Deshler vs. Russellville
Russellville High School
Alexandria vs. Jacksonville
Jacksonville High School
Albertville vs. Arab
Albertville High School
Ariton vs. Goshen
Goshen High School
McGill-Toolen vs Davidson
McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
Arab High School
Enterprise vs. Northview
Northview High School
Carver-Montgomery vs. Jeff Davis
Jefferson Davis High School
North Jackson vs. Cullman
Cullman High School
Muscle Shoals vs. Spain Park
Muscle Shoals High School
Davidson vs. McGill-Toolen Catholic
MONTGOMERY – Raycom Network will televise Homewood at Clay-Chalkville Friday night in its second installment of the Raycom/AHSAA High School Football Playoff Game of the Week. The key Class 6A second-round battle pits two schools with storied histories.
The defending state champion Cougars (11-0) of Coach Jerry Hood are riding a 26-game winning streak heading into the contest. Homewood, which won four Class 5A state titles in a six-year span from 2000-2005, are currently 9-2 this season with losses to Walker (9-2) and Vestavia Hills (9-2). Coach Ben Berguson’s Patriots have won four straight games and eight of its last nine heading into Friday’s playoff contest.
Kickoff is set for 7:05 p.m. Play-by-play is being handled by Graham Dunn with Mike Peacock the color commentator and Kim Canova the sideline reporter. Ken Dunbar is the statistician in the booth.
The Raycom/AHSAA Playoff Game of the Week is a weekly live TV telecast over the Raycom Network’s Alabama affiliates. It will run through the first four rounds of the state playoffs. Raycom will conclude is series with the Super 7 state championship games (all classes) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.
All games will be live over the Raycom TV Network on either the main channel or Raycom’s Bounce channels and the Raycom affiliate websites as well as live on Raycom’s you tube channel on the internet. Go to www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for more specific channel information. Raycom stations include WAFF TV 48 in Huntsville, WBRC TV 6 in Birmingham, WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, WDTX TV 34 in Dothan and WTVM TV 9 in Columbus, Ga., and non-Raycom station WFNA TV 55 (Bounce) in Mobile.
NFHS NETWORK FEATURES 12 AHSAA GAMES
Seven other playoff games are set to be live-streamed Friday as part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. Two of the games, Class 7A Vestavia Hills vs. Hoover at the Hoover Met and Class 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa at Opelika, are being live-streamed by each school. The link for each live-streamed telecast can be found below and at the NFHS Network: www.nfhsnetwork.com
All contests will be available through the NFHS Network SBP subscriber program.
The complete list of NFHS Network games scheduled is below.
RAYCOM MEDIA AHSAA TV GAME OF THE WEEK
Homewood (9-2) at Clay-Chalkville (11-0) (Check www.pathtotheplayoffs.com for stations in your area)
AHSAA PLAYOFF GAMES ON THE NFHS NETWORK
Georgiana vs. Billingsley – http://bit.ly/1LbSeXA
Russellville vs. Parker – http://bit.ly/1MH9ght
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Opelika – http://bit.ly/1QsM3W0 (Opelika production)
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa vs. Opelika – http://bit.ly/1LbSAxs (Hillcrest production)
Muscle Shoals vs. Minor – http://bit.ly/1XZIRDE
Auburn vs. McGill-Toolen – http://bit.ly/1NIfbYF
Lee-Montgomery vs. Central-Phenix City – http://bit.ly/1MMbtIn
Olive Garden and the NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, are teaming up to recognize Team Moms and the high school athletes they support. This partnership includes the launch of GoTeamMoms.com, which will serve as a resource and destination to recognize Team Moms.
Team Moms volunteer to assist coaches and often lead team communications, fundraising, travel coordination and more. The website will feature Team Mom’s Best-Kept Secrets and game day highlights from high schools around the nation. In addition, coaches, athletes, family members and the community are invited to contribute shout-outs or photos of their favorite Team Mom using #GoTeamMoms on Twitter and Instagram to be featured on the website.
“The goal of the NFHS Network is to serve and support both the athletes and their fans,” said Christopher Young, senior vice president of sales for the NFHS Network. “There’s no bigger fan than a Team Mom and no better partner for the NFHS Network than Olive Garden, which resonates so deeply with our audience and shares our same commitment to families and the local community.”
To further assist Team Moms, each Olive Garden restaurant in the U.S. will be paired with a local high school to support through two national fundraising nights and Olive Garden VIP Passes that give teams access to exclusive discounts. With dining options that include ToGo and catering, Olive Garden is often the choice for feeding an entire team.
“Our restaurants are excited to support their hometown high schools and give back to their communities,” said Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “This partnership allows us to thank Team Moms nationwide as well as give families and teams chances to connect over meals and create memories during the busy sports season.”
Visit GoTeamMoms.com to view photos, videos and Team Mom tips and tricks. To find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant and to order your meal online ToGo, visit OliveGarden.com. Visit www.NFHSnetwork.com for live streaming of high school events.
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over $6.8 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 33 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com. Connect with us onFacebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGarden and Instagram.com/OliveGarden.
Florence School Broadcast Program Voted Best Live Sports Broadcast for NFHS Network in 2014-15
Atlanta Hawks’ CEO Steve Koonin, ESPN and ABC’s Brad Nessler,
ESPN Studio Anchor Chris Cotter Shared Their Success Stories
Florence High School’s NFHS School Broadcast Program was recognized last weekend at the first NFHS Network Broadcast Academy for its excellence in broadcasting. Directed by Randy Bruce, a faculty member and coach at Florence, the student-run live-streaming broadcast network was named NFHS Network’s Best Live Sports Broadcast for the 2014-15 school year.
Florence beat SBP programs from across the nation for the honor.
“We are very proud of our students,” Bruce said. “They have really embraced the school broadcast program at Florence and have worked hard to create their own identity. Our community has embraced their efforts, and their passion, enthusiasm and quality of work is something we are very proud of. This is indeed a big honor.”
Bruce will present a brief summary of Florence High School’s successes at this week’s AHSAA Summer Conference. He is scheduled to address administrators on Friday at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center.
The NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, hosted the inaugural NFHS Network Broadcast Academy this past weekend in Atlanta. The unique, interactive event included talks from successful sports broadcasters and media executives, hands-on broadcast training workshops and the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Academy Awards. The awards ceremony was streamed live at www.nfhsnetwork.com and included behind-the-scenes updates on social platforms including Twitter and Snapchat from attendees using #BA2015.
On Friday, July 17, the participants attended the Atlanta Braves vs. Chicago Cubs game at Turner Field and were treated to an exclusive VIP behind-the-scenes tour. In a workshop setting on Saturday, July 18, the student broadcasters and teachers participated in producing a live sporting event, broadcasting a live studio show and creating an original feature package about the event.
The sizzle video featuring highlights of the event is available to view online at: http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/nfhs/90ca579aa4.
The students also heard stories of success, first-hand accounts of life in the sports media industry and career advice from ESPN Studio Anchor Chris Cotter on A Day in the Life of a SportsCenter Anchor, Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin about The Evolution of Sports & Media, and ESPN and ABC Broadcaster Brad Nessler, who spoke to the students about his Journey as a Broadcaster.
Each speaker shared their experiences in the media industry as well as advice for the young students who dream of being in their shoes one day. Steve Koonin told the students, “Be willing to take a risk, be bold. You are going to make mistakes. You have to accept that failure is part of success.” Koonin also emphasized, “Have a unique voice. If you are a stereotype in this business, you are not going to have long-term success.”
Echoing Koonin, Brad Nessler recommended, “Take a shot at every opportunity. You’re never going to learn if you don’t take a shot.”
The high point of the event was the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Awards Ceremony, hosted by NFHS Network’s Rashan Ali. High school broadcast teams and students were recognized in seven different categories and the 2015 winners are listed below:
Best Overall School Broadcast Program
Cleveland High School, TN
Best New School Broadcast Program
El Capitan High School, Merced, CA
Teacher of the Year
Omar Delgado, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL
Best Live Sports Broadcast
Florence High School, Florence, AL
Best Original Programming
Morning Show, Christopher Columbus High School, Miami, FL
Best Student Broadcaster
Sam Brief, Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL
Highlight of the Year
”Bishop Kenny #9 Charles Wade 80yd TD run,” Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, FL
Omar Delgado, broadcast program leader at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL and Teacher of the Year, said the first annual NFHS Network Broadcast Academy is like nothing his students have ever participated in. “I’ve been to many broadcast and TV conferences and the truth of the matter is these sessions are unmatched. Fun, interactive, hands on and enjoyable. “
Sam Brief, student at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL and winner of the NFHS Network’s Best Student Broadcaster Award, shared how the NFHS Network connects long distance family members and reaches beyond the school’s local area. He explained, “This basketball season, our team had a lot of success and our coach’s parents live in Arizona. Normally, there would be no way for them to see their son’s game. Thanks to the NFHS Network, they were able to watch broadcasts of the games and sometimes we’d give them a shout out on the air!”
ABOUT THE NFHS NETWORK
The NFHS Network captures the passion, pride, and energy of the high school experience by delivering live high school sports and events to family members and fans whenever they want, wherever they are.
The NFHS Network celebrates and showcases the unique accomplishments of students, whether they are a student-athlete participating in the 27 different sports covered by the Network, or one of the student broadcasters from schools around the country that produce events through the School Broadcast Program. The NFHS Network also features state playoff and championship events for the 40 state members of the NFHS Network.
All NFHS Network events are available online at www.NFHSnetwork.com and is optimized to view on all devices and screen sizes. Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram at @NFHSnetwork for the latest news and event information.
The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports. The NFHS is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. PlayOn! Sports is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is the nation’s largest high school sports media company.
Media subscriptions to NFHS Network are available upon request.
Link to photos from NFHS Network Broadcast Academy: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7wqdqly1lira8kn/AAD4yGPkmxIxd54E5jMRwU0qa?dl=0.
The NFHS TV Network will feature a total of 14 live-streaming webcasts of AHSAA football playoff contests tonight. Twenty-two school productions were live-streamed week 1.
A number or regular season events are also available this week.
Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
The NFHS TV Network announced last week the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in the network’s s School Broadcast Program. The Network announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside their own school events.
The AHSAA Cross Country Championships will be shown live over the NFHS TV Network Saturday morning for the second year in a row. The broadcast from Oakville Indian Mounds and Museum Park will begin with the first race at 8:30 a.m. (1A-2A girls) and will continue through the final race of the day (7A boys) scheduled to start at 12:10 p.m.
The subscription-based webcast can be accessed at the following link on the NFHS TV Network site:
The 2014-15 slate of AHSAA events to be live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network began last week with the Volleyball State Finals, the first national event on the Network this school year. That event made history in 2013 as the first state championship live-streamed over the NFHS TV Network. The first national event live-streamed was the AHSAA’s Champions Challenge football triple-header in 2013 at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.
RECORD NUMBER OF PLAYOFF GAMES SET FOR NFHS TV NETWORK LIVE STREAM
The NFHS TV Network will have a record number of live-streaming webcasts tonight with 22 school productions of AHSAA high school football playoff games on the schedule. Viewers can access the network by subscribing and logging in at:
The AHSAA ranked third nationally in the latest NFHS Network rankings for referrals. Illinois and Michigan ranked 1-2 with Alabama leading Section 3 associations with 4,725 referrals for the month. Tennessee was fifth and Georgia ranked ninth.
The AHSAA ranked eighth nationally with NFHS Network visits (16,015). Illinois ranked No. 1. The AHSAA also ranked eighth in new subscriptions (335) with ranked first nationally.
AHSAA member schools can participate year-round in the NFHS TV Network by joining through the NFHS Network’s School Broadcast Program. A record number of regular-season games were live-streamed by the school-produced, student-driven programs.
The NFHS TV Network announced Thursday the network now has more than 1,100 high schools in its School Broadcast Program. The Network also announced it is launching a school recognition program to honor and recognize those schools that produce events at the highest level and excel at marketing and promoting their online events. There are two levels of recognition: NFHS Network Select and NFHS Network Elite. Both will be eligible to earn extra revenue producing programing for the network outside of their own school events.
NFHS TV Network Live-Streaming Broadcasts
Week I (Football Playoffs – 22 productions)
Buckhorn at Hoover (Hoover HS is producer)
Foley at Auburn (Foley HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Arab HS is producer)
Arab at Shades Valley (Shades Valley HS is producer)
Bessemer City at Saraland (Saraland HS is producer)
Briarwood Christian at Florence (Florence HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Daphne HS is producer)
Daphne at Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (Hillcrest HS is producer)
Hartselle at Homewood (Homewood HS is producer)
Minor at Muscle Shoals (Muscle Shoals HS is producer)
Pell City at Carver-Montgomery, Cramton Bowl (Carver HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Wetumpka HS is producer)
Wetumpka at Opelika (Opelika HS is producer)
Moody at Guntersville (Guntersville HS is producer)
Jacksonville at Locust Fork (Jacksonville HS is producer)
North Jackson at Saks (Saks HS is producer)
Fultondale at Pike County (Pike County HS is producer)
Prattville Christian at Dale County (Dale County HS is producer)
Winston County at Madison Academy (Madison Academy is producer)
Geneva County at Goshen (Goshen HS is producer)
Houston Academy at Elba (Houston Academy HS is producer)
R.C. Hatch at Sweet Water (Sweet Water HS is producer)
The NFHS TV Network's first subscriber rankings of the 2014-15 school year released Monday showed Alabama ranking fourth nationally, trailing only Georgia, California and Tennessee.
The AHSAA is also ranked second for the two-month period of August-September in respect to network referrals. The Illinois High School Association ranks first.
The Network has broadcast more than 3,500 events this school year through September with virtually all of them through the School Broadcast Program available. Many AHSAA member schools are taking part in the SBP program. The total schools nationwide is up to 1,070 – a 57 percent increase over last year.
The NFHS Network will broadcast (live-stream) the AHSAA State Volleyball Championships, State Cross Country Championships, State Swimming & Diving Championships and many of the AHSAA state football playoff games in the coming weeks.
The current NFHS rankings, based on number of subscribers, are:
8. New Mexico
10. South Carolina
The current NFHS rankings, based on number of network referrals are:
1. IHSA.org (Illinois)
2. AHSAA.com (Alabama)
3. GHSA.net (Georgia)
4. MHSAA.com (Michigan)
5. CHSAA.com (California)
6. WIAAWI.org (Wisconsin)
7. WIAA.com (Washington)
8. TSSAA.org (Tennessee)
9. OSAA.org (Oregon)
10. FHSAA.org (Florida)