NFHS Unveils High School Support Program to Help Schools Manage COVID-19 Challenges
With the hope that there will be fall sports of some sort this school year, the NFHS Network, which provides streaming live and on-demand high school sports, has launched its High School Support Program. In it NFHS allocates more than $200 million for any of the 19,500 NFHS state association member schools that currently lack production capabilities to receive up to two free Pixellot automated production units in their primary sports venues.
Pixellot helps high schools stream their games so fans can follow the action on their devices when not attending the actual games.
In addition to the free Pixellot equipment and revenue enhancements, the High School Support Program will also offer the ability for fans to donate money to schools of their choosing through the NFHS Network’s platform beginning August 1.
The NFHS Network will also be assisting schools by increasing its subscription revenue sharing effective August 1, 2020, in an effort to offset revenue losses due to reduced event attendance.
“We recognize that the next several years will be challenging for our high schools and state associations,” says Mark Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network. “Many are facing budget cuts and reduced resources, and attendance at athletic and other school events may be restricted.
“From the NFHS Network’s inception seven years ago, we have been driven by the goal to create a platform that showcases every high school event across every sport and every level of competition,” he adds. “Consistent with this goal, we want the High School Support Program to demonstrate our continued commitment to help our partner schools manage through the inevitable complications created by COVID-19.”
The NFHS Network provides high schools with a platform to produce and broadcast professional-grade events. The Pixellot automated production solution was introduced to high schools three years ago. It allows every event to be streamed live without requiring personnel to produce the games. There are currently more than 5000 Pixellot units in high schools, which will produce in excess of 250,000 live games this upcoming school year with no human involvement.