Prep notebook: to experiment with subscriptions

Prep notebook: to experiment with subscriptions


Prep notebook: to experiment with subscriptions


If you wish to watch Colorado High School Activities Association winter sports postseason games in basketball, wrestling, swimming and ice hockey, it’s going to cost you.

CHSAA has joined with several other states to experiment with consumer subscriptions, commonly referred to as Pay Per View, to its state playoff broadcasts. Costs for the events will range in price depending on the length of the playoff offering with day passes costing $3.95, weekly pass $6.95 and monthly pass $9.95.

Play On! Sports, which is the parent company of, has developed a simple pricing structure for Colorado and will begin with the CHSAA’s first state championship event — Girls State Swimming & Diving Championships, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Edora Pool Ice Center in Fort Collins.

That will be followed up by all other winter and spring playoff broadcasts, including the State Wrestling Tournament and State Basketball Championships.

“We expect some of our constituents to be concerned, but at the same time we know that in order to develop a sustainable product, we have to find a way to make these broadcasts affordable for those producing them as well as for the consumer,” CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann noted.

While this is an experiment for the next two sports seasons, Play On! Sports will determine its success and how future broadcasts on will be delivered. Games aired on the linear partners, such as Root Sports, are not included in the PPV sampling.

Also, due to the anticipated high demand for the 5A Girls’ Swim & Dive Championship tickets this year tansk to Olympian Missy Franklin participating, and the limited seats,CHSAA will be distributing and selling tickets differently to ensure that schools have the first shot at tickets.

Monday, schools were given codes to purchase tickets Tuesday. A schools have a chance to purchase, leftover tickets will then be released to the general public noon Wednesday.

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RANKINGS UPDATE: After a close loss to Horizon on Friday, the Poudre girls fell out of The Denver Post Poll 5A rankings and are now receiving the most votes of teams outside the top 10. The Windsor girls moved up to No. 8 in 4A as the Wizards continue to roll through the Tri-Valley Conference.

The only local boys’ teams ranked are Resurrection Christian and Heritage Christian. RCS is ranked No. 7 in 2A and Heritage Christian is No. 8. Fossil Ridge is receiving the second-most votes of teams outside the top 10 in 5A.

RACE FOR THE TOP: Six local basketball teams are within reach of their conference titles. The Fossil Ridge boys are one game back of both Monarch and Fairview at the top of the Front Range League standings with six games to go. Windsor is leading the Tri-Valley Conference. The Wizards have the same record as Roosevelt, but have won both games this season against the Roughriders. Meanwhile in 2A, Heritage Christian and Resurrection Christian are part of a three-way tie at the top of the Mile High League with Denver Christian.

On the girls side, Poudre still holds a one-game lead atop the FRL over Horizon, despite losing to the Hawks on Friday. The Impalas have six games remaining in the regular season. Windsor is running away with the Tri-Valley title in 4A. The Wizards are 9-0 in conference and hold a three-game lead over the next-closest team.


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