CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Possibly coming soon to a computer near you - West Virginia high school sports, even postseason games.
The state Secondary School Activities Commission is one of 28 members of the National Federation of State High School Associations to join the NFHS Network, a new all-digital network devoted to Internet coverage of high school sports and performing arts (www.NFHSnetwork.com).
The NFHS, in association with PlayOn! Sports, made the official launch of the network on Aug. 1. With coverage of boys and girls sports and activities initially in at least 28 states during the 2013-14 school year, it becomes the largest aggregated destination for coverage of high school sports in the country.
"It's new for us,'' said Gary Ray, the SSAC's executive director, "and we're excited to see how far it can reach. It's a big project, but the National Federation and those involved felt we had to have an opportunity for high school events to be broadcast.''
Ray said the new service could even provide Internet coverage of early-round playoff games in football and postseason basketball games all the way to regionals.
In addition to West Virginia, member associations in the following states have finalized agreements and will be a part of the NFHS Network for 2013-14: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Member associations in a number of other states are close to completing agreements and are expected to join the NFHS Network.
The subscription-based digital service at NFHSnetwork.com won't be free, though Ray said the cost would be "reasonable.''
"We wanted to have folks around the country and around the world - whether it's grandma or mom or dad in the service - to have access to watch their students participating in these broadcasts. That's the reason our board agreed to it, to promote what high school athletics is all about.''