The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has entered into an agreement with Montgomery-based Raycom Media, Inc., owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, making Raycom the AHSAA's live television partner beginning in 2014.
Raycom will broadcast the AHSAA's Tier 1 events –Super Six state football championships and Final 48 state basketball championships – over its extensive TV network. Raycom will also televise the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game and the Champions Challenge.
The contract will run through June 30, 2019. Raycom will broadcast all semifinal and final games (boys and girls) at the Final 48 beginning with the 2014 state tournament.
The agreement, developed by the AHSAA with help from the Alabama Sports Foundation (ASF), solidifies the AHSAA's broadcast package that also includes the recently announced digital live-streaming partnership with PlayOn! Sports and the NFHS TV Network.
Raycom Media and the AHSAA recently completed a two-year contract that provided live television or web-streaming of more than 60 Tier 2 events each year.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Raycom once again," said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. "This partnership is important to us and will take us into the next decade with one of the best broadcast packages anywhere. The Raycom Network in Alabama includes some of the state's strongest television stations and covers basically the entire state. It will no doubt provide enormous exposure of AHSAA championship events for our member schools and help promote our message of education-based athletics."
Raycom vice president Pat LaPlatney said the company is proud of its relationship with the AHSAA.
"Raycom Media, an Alabama company, is very happy to be working hand-in-hand with the AHSAA to bring the Super 6 and Final 48 to our viewers across our great state," LaPlatney said. "We salute the young men and women in Alabama's high schools who work very hard every day to make themselves better students and athletes, and we are pleased to recognize our wonderful teachers, coaches and parents as well. We look forward to working with Coach Savarese and his team in building a great package of events that will benefit our schools and citizens."
Alabama television stations in the Raycom Media Group include WSFA 12 News in Montgomery (www.wsfa.com); WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham (www.myfoxal.com); WAFF 48 News in Huntsville (www.waff.com); and WDFX Fox 34 in Dothan (www.myfox34.net).