NFHS network surpasses 1 million streaming events
NFHS Network announced that it has broadcast over a million events across the United States since the company was founded in 2008. Along with this milestone, NFHS Network has also launched its “Founders Club”, honoring 50 schools. secondary schools across the country that have impacted the business.
NFHS Network is a subsidiary of PlayOn! Sports, a United States-based high school media company that helps broadcast sports and extracurricular activities. Each year, the NFHS Network broadcasts high school games, games and fixtures of 27 different sports in the regular season and playoffs, in addition to other high school activities. The network broadcast its first event in 2009.
As part of the “Founders Club”, each of the 50 schools received recognition with a banner to hang in their gymnasium with a certification marking the honor. The schools that have been honored are part of the NFHS Network’s School Broadcasting Program which provides schools with the software to produce and broadcast professional quality events online.
“When we launched NFHS Network, we knew there was significant demand for a platform like ours,” PlayOn! Sports CEO and founder David Rudolph said. “High schools are some of the most passionate fans of any sport, and they covet the opportunity to cheer on the student-athletes and the schools they support when they cannot physically be present. Broadcasting over a million events is a remarkable achievement, but now we’re aiming for four million. Our Founders Club represents some of our company’s greatest champions and will continue to be an integral part of our growth. “
The company listed the following highlights among the million events broadcast:
- The first broadcast was the GHSA wrestling playoffs;
- Over 522,000 boys’ events were streamed;
- Over 405,000 women’s events were broadcast continuously;
- The network has broadcast over 55,000 state high school championships;
- The states with the most broadcasts were Georgia, Illinois, and Michigan;
- The most viewed show was the 2020 NSAA Boys’ Basketball Semi-Final between Skutt Catholic and Mount Michael in Lincoln, NE for a total of 20,000 views; and
- Network broadcasts generated over 58 million views in total.
During the 2020/21 school year, the network broadcast 320,000 games to more than 5,700 US-based high schools. It plans to broadcast over a million events in the 2022 school year.
“It’s fantastic to see the high school stadiums and gymnasiums filled with fans again,” added Rudolph. “But for fans who live out of state, are tied to business travel, or just can’t make it to an event in person, we’ll continue to cover them.”