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I thought this topic might justify its own post.  Below is an interesting article concerning the topic from about 10 years ago and the thought at the time. https://www.al.com/sports/2011/09/no_big_payday_for_prep_footbal.html

If ESPN is trying to pull as broad of a national audience as possible, it makes sense why they would feature games with big-name recruits who are being recruited by colleges from all over the country.   Why would someone stay home on a Friday night to watch a hs game in another state on ESPN if they can see some pretty good football in their own backyard, such as in a state like Alabama?  If there are some big recruits playing in that game, there is a good chance U of AL is recruiting one or more of them.  And if I am a rabid Alabama fan, I might be very interested in seeing that future star of my favorite college team.  So, I may just forego my local games and watch ESPN that night.  I think that is what ESPN is banking on...swaying the college football audience.

A FL game that may be very intriguing to us from a competitive standpoint, even a state title game, may have little national appeal.  As an example, Columbus vs Apopka in the 8A title game last year was a super matchup, but how many folks from outside FL would have watched it knowing they might have had to pass on one of their own state's playoff games to do so?

 

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1 hour ago, OldSchoolLion said:

A FL game that may be very intriguing to us from a competitive standpoint, even a state title game, may have little national appeal.  As an example, Columbus vs Apopka in the 8A title game last year was a super matchup, but how many folks from outside FL would have watched it knowing they might have had to pass on one of their own state's playoff games to do so?

 

Hey, Columbus had a few big time recruits. And while you are right about Apopka, a smart coach would have had a chance to grab an outstanding, under recruited Apopka player named Jacquan Lowman. Appalachian state just got a gem, I might add. 

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21 hours ago, OldSchoolLion said:

I thought this topic might justify its own post.  Below is an interesting article concerning the topic from about 10 years ago and the thought at the time. https://www.al.com/sports/2011/09/no_big_payday_for_prep_footbal.html

If ESPN is trying to pull as broad of a national audience as possible, it makes sense why they would feature games with big-name recruits who are being recruited by colleges from all over the country.   Why would someone stay home on a Friday night to watch a hs game in another state on ESPN if they can see some pretty good football in their own backyard, such as in a state like Alabama?  If there are some big recruits playing in that game, there is a good chance U of AL is recruiting one or more of them.  And if I am a rabid Alabama fan, I might be very interested in seeing that future star of my favorite college team.  So, I may just forego my local games and watch ESPN that night.  I think that is what ESPN is banking on...swaying the college football audience.

A FL game that may be very intriguing to us from a competitive standpoint, even a state title game, may have little national appeal.  As an example, Columbus vs Apopka in the 8A title game last year was a super matchup, but how many folks from outside FL would have watched it knowing they might have had to pass on one of their own state's playoff games to do so?

 

The state championship games are played after all other high school football schedules have been completed so it could be an attractive Friday TV format. Or, if a Friday presented a conflict, what if our state played the state championship games on a Wednesday or Thursday? If few or no fans will be able to attend the games, I would think the FHSAA could be very flexible if it meant much needed revenue.

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2 hours ago, HornetFan said:

The state championship games are played after all other high school football schedules have been completed so it could be an attractive Friday TV format. Or, if a Friday presented a conflict, what if our state played the state championship games on a Wednesday or Thursday? If few or no fans will be able to attend the games, I would think the FHSAA could be very flexible if it meant much needed revenue.

..a couple of thoughts.  First, I cannot see a network that caters to a national audience featuring a state title series from any one state because it could leave certain local markets feeling snubbed, ie " why them and not us?"

Second, with 8 classes, the chances of two ranked teams, or at least teams with a national brand, playing each other is really reduced.  People who have been following hs football on a national scene for many years may recognize the potential for a Bolles v Washington matchup, but how many people outside FL have ever heard of Orlando Jones, ie last years 5A final.?

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2 hours ago, OldSchoolLion said:

..a couple of thoughts.  First, I cannot see a network that caters to a national audience featuring a state title series from any one state because it could leave certain local markets feeling snubbed, ie " why them and not us?"

Second, with 8 classes, the chances of two ranked teams, or at least teams with a national brand, playing each other is really reduced.  People who have been following hs football on a national scene for many years may recognize the potential for a Bolles v Washington matchup, but how many people outside FL have ever heard of Orlando Jones, ie last years 5A final.?

I don't think it's a realistic expectation that a network would be interested in televising all 8 classes; but they may be interested in 2-3 games, say the 7A and 8A games. Good football is good football, and if our country is still scratching out of this virus, which we may well be, desperate football fans will watch live games. I know that in the past, I have watched CUSA and MAC games during the week rather than dancing and singing shows that fill the air.

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