The only games in West Virginia definitely excluded from the new national high school network are those in which the SSAC already has existing television contracts - the boys and girls state tournament basketball finals (currently handled by MetroNews) and the Super Six football finals (Network West Virginia).
One of the biggest factors in getting games broadcast will be determined by the production assistance individual schools can provide to PlayOn Sports.
"I know some of our schools have broadcasting programs,'' Ray said, "like Wheeling Park and Parkersburg South and others around the state. They may try to work with them for regular-season sports. That's a goal for us as well - this could be a career [for students]. That's another reason we're excited about it and hope it pans out.''
For select postseason events, PlayOn Sports hopes to find individuals in each state it covers to work with as far as producing the broadcasts. For the Charleston area, Ray mentioned Dana Ferrell of RSN Sports, a statewide multi-media sports network.
"They will pick someone they want to do,'' Ray said of postseason games. "With 28 states on board, they won't do them all.''
Events will be posted in the coming months at NFHSnetwork.com.
The NFHS Network will build on PlayOn's coverage of high school sports at the state level. PlayOn currently streams nearly 30,000 events per school year and has worked with 32 state associations and sections in 26 states.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com. Some information in this report provided by the WVSSAC.