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AETN to Broadcast 2018 High School Football Championships.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network, focusing on more local content under Executive Director Courtney Pledger, announced last week that it will be kicking off high school football championship coverage in the state this fall.

In coordination with the Arkansas Activities Association, the sanctioning body for high school sports in the state, AETN will broadcast the 2018 high school football state finals live from War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock starting Friday, Nov. 30.

Broadcasts of the championships, in divisions from 2A to 7A, will be available online after the games at aetn.org/sports. The public network will also broadcast state basketball championships early next year in classifications 1A-7A.

"We're the only statewide public broadcaster, and we're meeting our audience where they are, and, more often these days, that's on their phones," Pledger told Arkansas Business. "We're telling Arkansas' story to the world."

Pledger said the goal is to reinforce ties with AETN's audience and showcase the sportsmanship of student-athletes, parents and fans. "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 lives," Pledger said. "We believe showcasing student athletes--and celebrating the value of extracurricular activities for athletes--is an excellent fit for our audiences."

The network also hopes the broadcasts and online presentations will help talented Arkansas athletes "connect with college recruiters" for scholarship offers, AETN said.

--Kyle Massey

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Author:Massey, Kyle
Publication:Arkansas Business
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Date:Oct 22, 2018
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