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Packers Claim CBS Forced Hand In Preseason Game Being Played Opposite HS Games
Published August 23, 2013
EXPANDED SPOTLIGHT ON THE PREPS: USA TODAY's Jim Halley examined the growing trend of high school football games airing on national television and noted between ESPN and FS1, there will be high school games "on every weekend through Nov. 1, including games each day of the week except for Tuesday and Wednesday." Halley: "Is all this exposure good for high school sports?" Joe Kinnan, the coach at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., said, "The whole landscape of high school football has changed because of television." Manatee has played games on ESPN networks in two of the last three seasons, and Kinnan said, "It's great notoriety for the kids and you program. It certainly doesn't hurt your kids' marketability as far as recruiting. The TV games help us at the gate. I really think a lot of people come because of the excitement of being on national TV." But Harry Welch, the coach of California's Santa Margarita High School, "worries TV games encourage misplaced priorities." Welch: "We're almost prostituting ourselves putting high school gmaes on TV. ... It's supposed to be something for the family and friends and people to come to have a good time" (USA TODAY, 8/22).