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NHIAA blacks out Concord semifinal football coverage on local TV

Football fans looking to watch Concord High’s semifinal game against Exeter on ConcordTV, the community access channel, are out of luck because of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (NHIAA) agreement with PlayOn Sports, part of a contract with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The game will be broadcast online at nfhsnetwork.com/channels/new-hampshire. Cost is $9.95 for one day, or $14.95 for the month.

Because of the NHIAA’s contract with NFHS, local TV stations and public access stations are not allowed to broadcast the games, even on tape delay, leaving the local volunteers who have broadcast Tide home games all season out in the cold.

If you can’t make it to the game and don’t want to dole out $9.95 to watch online, it will be aired on radio on WKXL (103.9 FM/1450 AM), and the Monitor will be tweeting live updates @ConMonitorSport.

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This is absolutely absurd. This is a high school sport and last I checked, taxpayer dollars go to fund public high school athletics (and presumably these money grabbers at NHIAA). This must stop; no one owns the "rights" to any high school event other than perhaps the schools themselves. Is this money going to the schools; no, it is going to line the pockets and budgets of those at NHIAA. Ridiculous.

The NHIAA, the walking definition of self-importance. That there is some sort of entity that has the "right" to exclusive terms of high school sports TV coverage is patently absurd. This isn't the NFL. I've seen members of this group tell parents of team athletes that they can't take photos of their own kid playing in a tournament game, that they have to buy pictures from their licensed vendor instead. That schools actually pay for sports administration services provided by the NHIAA shows on what kind of level our society is going overboard, IMO. They are a monopoly, no competition, that is free to charge your town what they do, the fees being far more than you would guess. Even our high school sports here in NH is corrupted by a business entity, which I find to be an outrage.

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