NFHS Network announced it has now streamed over one million events across the U.S. since the company’s founding in 2008. In conjunction with this milestone, NFHS Network also launched its “Founders Club,” honoring 50 high schools across the country that have made an impact on the company.
NFHS Network is a subsidiary of PlayOn! Sports, a high school media company based in the U.S. that helps stream sports and extracurricular activities. Every year, NFHS Network streams high school games, matches and meets from 27 different regular season and postseason sports, in addition to other high school activities. The network broadcasted its first event in 2009.
As part of the “Founders Club,” each of the 50 schools received recognition with a banner for hanging in their gym with a certification marking the honor. The schools that were honored are part of the NFHS Network School Broadcast Program which provides schools with the software to produce and broadcast professional-grade events online.
“When we started NFHS Network, we knew there was a significant demand for a platform like ours,” PlayOn! Sports CEO and Founder David Rudolph said. “High schools have some of the most passionate fans in all of sports, and they covet the ability to cheer on the student-athletes and schools they support when they cannot physically be in attendance. Streaming over 1 million events is a remarkable accomplishment, but our sights are now set on four million. Our ‘Founders Club’ represents some of our company’s biggest champions and will continue to be integral to our growth.”
The company listed the following highlights among the one million broadcasted events:
- The first broadcast was the GHSA Wrestling Playoffs;
- Over 522,000 boys events were streamed;
- Over 405,000 girls events were streamed;
- The Network has streamed over 55,000 state high school championships;
- The states with the most broadcasts were Georgia, Illinois and Michigan;
- The most-viewed broadcast was the 2020 boys NSAA Basketball Semifinal between Skutt Catholic and Mount Michael in Lincoln, NE for a total of 20,000 views; and
- The Network broadcasts have generated over 58M total views.
During the 2020/21 scholastic year, the Network broadcasted 320,000 games from over 5,700 U.S.-based high schools. It expects to stream over one million events during the 2022 school year.
“It’s fantastic to see high school stadiums and gyms packed with fans once again,” Rudolph added. “But for those fans that live out-of-state, are tied up with business travel or simply can’t make it to an event in person, we’ll continue to have them covered.”