AIA, Fox Sports Arizona strike 2-year deal for championship broadcasts

AIA, Fox Sports Arizona strike 2-year deal for championship broadcasts

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AIA, Fox Sports Arizona strike 2-year deal for championship broadcasts

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For the next two years, Fox Sports Arizona will be the home of the Arizona Interscholastic Association state championships. The network and the AIA on Monday agreed to a two-year deal that will give FSN-AZ broadcasting rights for the title games for 17 title games across five sports and several divisions.

Fox will broadcast the football championship games for Divisions I through III this Saturday, and will handle baseball, softball and boys and girls soccer for Division I and II and boys and girls basketball for Divisions I through III.

Some games will also be picked up for a national telecast on Fox College Sports.

Fox broadcasted the football title games for Division I and II last year, but is adding Division III for the first time. The network has also aired title games for basketball before, but this school year will mark the first time it will show championships for baseball, softball and soccer.

Baseball and softball championships had been shown by Cox in the past.

“It is great to be able to partner with FOX Sports Arizona to expand the television coverage to other sports including baseball, softball and soccer,” AIA Associate Executive Director Chuck Schmidt said in a statement. “We are excited for the next two years to showcase Arizona high school athletics on FOX Sports Arizona.”

Fox Sports Arizona paid a fee for the broadcasting rights, but the AIA would not comment on the dollar figure.

“There’s a production fee, so they’re paying for the rights to those games, correct,” said AIA Director of Business Media Brian Bolitho. “They’re the exclusive home for AIA state championships on television.”

Fox Sports Arizona is available to 2.5 million homes throughout Arizona and New Mexico. The network also the home of all five of Arizona’s major professional sports teams – the Suns, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Coyotes and Mercury – as well as Northern Arizona University athletics.

The first broadcast of the agreement begins at noon Saturday when Chandler Hamilton and Phoenix Mountain Pointe will square off for the Division I football title at University of Phoenix Stadium. It will be followed by the Div. III title between Queen Creek and Goodyear Desert Edge at 3 p.m. and then the Div. II game between Tucson Ironwood Ridge and Peoria Centennial 7 p.m., both at Sun Devil Stadium.

The final two games may be delayed by a maximum of 10 minutes to allow a previous game to finish.

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