AETN and AAA to Broadcast Football Finals
The Arkansas Educational Television Network in partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association will broadcast the 2018 2A-7A high school football state finals live from War Memorial Stadium beginning Friday, Nov. 30. Games will also be available to watch online at www.aetn.org/sports after broadcast.
“We hope to further connect Arkansans statewide by featuring hometown athletes competing in the biggest games of the season – possibly the biggest games of their young lives,” AETN Executive Director Courtney Pledger said. “Anyone who might otherwise be unable to attend can watch and cheer for their favorite teams.
“We are excited about the participation and sportsmanship this new endeavor will promote for student athletes, parents and fans across the state. As Arkansas’s only statewide broadcaster, we believe showcasing student athletes – and celebrating the value of extracurricular activities for students – is an excellent fit for our audiences.”
AETN Sports, the new home for high school state championships in Arkansas, recognizes the vital role high school activities play in the education and development of young adults, while connecting families statewide by featuring hometown athletes competing in the biggest games of the season. Under contract with the Arkansas Activities Association, AETN will broadcast high school championship activities for football and basketball for classifications 1A-7A. In addition to creating viewing opportunities for those who may not be able to attend the games, AETN Sports enables talented young athletes to connect with college recruiters and potential scholarships.
“We are extremely excited to partner with AETN in broadcasting our state championship games,” AAA Assistant Executive Director Derek Walter said. “For athletes in Arkansas, playing in a state championship is one of the biggest events in their lives. Being able to broadcast these events on statewide television will help make the championship stage even bigger.”
The first game to be broadcast will be the 5A championship game, set for 7 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30. The 6A title game will be played at noon Saturday, and the 7A championship will be decided beginning at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 1.
The 2A state title game is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7; the 3A championship game will be played at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8; and the 4A title game will be played at 6:30 that evening.
Games will also be archived at aetn.org/sports, allowing coaches, players, families, college recruiters and others to watch at their convenience.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), participation in high school sports and activities contributes to higher grades; increased attendance and graduation rates; improved time management skills; improved problem-solving skills, social behavior, persistence, creativity and self-control; greater sense of belonging and community; and a feeling of being part of something bigger than oneself.
Some weekend programming will be preempted during the broadcast of state championship games. An up-to-date schedule with options for email reminders and calendar syncing is available at www.aetn.org/schedule