IHSA football finals to be on ESPN3.com

By on November 10, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—On Sept. 3, 2010 the match-up between defending Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state football champions Wheaton Warrenville South (7A) and Maine South (8A) was carried exclusively on ESPN3.com, ESPN’s 24/7 live broadband sports network, as well as ESPNU.

The IHSA and its broadcast partner When We Were Young Productions (WWWYP) have announced in conjunction with ESPN that the 2010 IHSA Football State Championship contests will be carried live on ESPN3.com, marking the first time that ESPN has broadcast a high school state association state final event in any sport on any of the network’s platforms.

The IHSA’s eight state championship football games will once again be broadcast around the state on local television via the IHSA TV Network when the contests unfold at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26-27. ESPN3.com will carry the live television feed from all eight contests, which can be accessed via www.ESPN3.com . The IHSA’s webstreaming portal, www.IHSA.tv, will not carry the games live, but will have each contest archived after its conclusion.

“I am not sure there is a company or organization on the planet that has defined sports and sports coverage in my lifetime more than ESPN,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “The opportunity to align ourselves with ESPN3.com is very exciting and unique to say the least.”