GHSA Announces Broadcast Schedule for 2016-17


Slate Includes the Most State Championship Broadcasts in Georgia History

                THOMASTON, GA – The Georgia High School Association announces an expanded broadcast schedule for 2016-17 with media partners Georgia Public Broadcasting and the NFHS Network.  With the addition of a new GHSA classification (AAAAAAA), the 2016-17 broadcast schedule marks the most GHSA events ever offered and includes 98 state championship events.  GPB will continue its long tradition of live televised and online coverage of the GHSA Football State Championships presented by Georgia Farm Bureau.  GPB’s gridiron coverage includes four playoff games and culminates with eight championship games – the last that will be held at the Georgia Dome – on Friday, December 9 and Saturday, December 10, 2016.  Additional regular season and playoff football games, as well as the eight championship games, will also be available for live streaming via the NFHS Network.     

                The increased role in 2016-17 of the NFHS Network, a subscription-based joint venture of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Georgia-based PlayOn! Sports, will give Georgia viewers a greater selection of high school sports than ever before.  The NFHS Network schedule features hundreds of GHSA regular season and playoff contests in addition to the 98 state championship events, including the GHSA Basketball State Championships on March 8-9, 2017 at the University of Georgia’s Stegeman Coliseum and March 10-11, 2017 at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion. 

                A 30-day All-Access Pass to the NFHS Network costs less than ten dollars.  In addition to all GHSA events broadcast during that period, the All-Access Pass also allows subscribers to watch any event from the forty-three other participating states in any of twenty-three sports carried by the NFHS Network.  Many of the NFHS Network’s events are offered through its School Broadcast Program, which allows students at the member schools to participate in the production and broadcast process.  NFHS Network broadcasts are accessible via most electronic devices, including smart phone, tablets, computers, and smart TVs.

                  GHSA Executive Director Gary Phillips said, “It is for good reason that GPB’s coverage of the GHSA Football Championships reaches hundreds of thousands of Georgia households and places it among the highest-rated public media stations in the country.”  Phillips also praised the reach of the NFHS Network, stating, “It is a given that the NFHS Network offers unprecedented access to GHSA events throughout Georgia.  In addition, for the viewer who has a rooting interest in a high school player or team outside Georgia; who wants to check out the latest blue-chip recruit of a favorite college team; or who is simply a fan of great sports, the NFHS Network offers an unrivaled means to follow high school athletics on a national scale.” 

                The full GHSA 2016-17 broadcast schedule is available at


 About the GHSA

The GHSA is a voluntary organization composed of over 450 public and private high schools.  The GHSA strives to promote education in Georgia from a mental, physical, and moral viewpoint; to standardize and encourage participation in high school athletics; and to promote sportsmanship and an appreciation for and study of music, speech, and other fine arts through Region and State competitions.  The GHSA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

About GPB

As one of the highest rated PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 17 radio stations and a multi-faceted web presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students, and enlightening programs about our state.

About the NFHS Network

The NFHS Network is a joint venture of the National Federation of State High School Associations (“NFHS”), its member state associations, and Georgia-based PlayOn! Sports.  The NFHS is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities.  PlayOn! Sports is the nation’s largest high school sports media company.  All NFHS Network events are available online at  Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram for the latest news and event information.



Steve Figueroa, GHSA Director of Media Relations                           Gary Phillips, GHSA Executive Director
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