FHSAA to Broadcast Football Playoff Brackets for Fee

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Palm Beach Post (Florida)


Like college basketball players before March Madness, football players across Florida will huddle around screens Sunday to learn their postseason fate.

The Florida High School Athletic Association announced Monday that a selection show for the state's playoff spots will be streamed live on NFHSnetwork.com at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Following the selection show, the playoff brackets and information will be released on the FHSAA website at noon. Teams will not be contacted in advance, and schools hosting first-round games will be contacted Monday, FHSAA spokesman Kyle Niblett said in an email.

The NFHS Network is a subscription-based network, and a subscription will be needed to watch the selection show, Niblett said, adding that the media contract with NFHS and others helps reduce the financial burden on member schools.

A month-long subscription to the NFHS Network costs $9.95, while a "playoff pass" to stream postseason games costs $24.95, according to the network's website.

"We encourage member schools from across the state to tune in to this important program and celebrate the success of these hard-working student-athletes," FHSAA Executive Director George Tomyn said in a press release. "The excitement and buzz around the new playoff system is a testament to the amount of passion Floridians have for high school football, and this event is a perfect way for schools to engage their local communities."

Before last week's games, 13 Palm Beach County teams were in line to qualify for a playoff spot. The FHSAA will release updated standings today.



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