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John’s Mailbag: Possible Future Activities, Tournaments On TV
Posted by John Millea(jmillea@mshsl.org)- Updated 12/5/2016 1:45:34 PM

Lots of good questions have been coming into John’s Mailbag. For the inaugural segment, we’ll delve into the future and shed a little light on televising MSHSL state tournaments.

Question: Are there any events on the MSHSL radar that might become sanctioned in the future? I've always thought fishing has potential.

If someone had told you 20 years ago that high school activities in Minnesota would include things like robotics and clay target shooting, you probably would have been surprised. The MSHSL is unique around the country in that we sponsor non-athletic activities that include speech, debate, visual arts, music and others.

When the MSHSL board of directors discusses adding new activities, a common question is posed: “Is this good for kids in Minnesota?” That simple query is at the core of what the MSHSL does and how it acts.

There are currently no new activities on the immediate radar. The process can be lengthy, and lacrosse is a good example. Girls and boys lacrosse became full MSHSL activities in 2007. Both had been played as high school “club” sports for a number of years, with state tournaments held by amateur lacrosse associations. New MSHSL activities usually require a minimum number of participating schools as well as the approval of the MSHSL Representative Assembly, which is a comprised of 48 members from schools around the state. The Representative Assembly vetoed boys lacrosse twice before approving it.

Fishing state tournaments are officially sanctioned by high school governing bodies in some states. There are “club” fishing teams in Minnesota now, and a state tournament is held each year. Ultimate Frisbee is similar, with “club” teams at schools. And BMX biking, and archery, and bowling, and you name it. Let’s see what the future holds.

Question: Why doesn't the MSHSL televise the state volleyball tournament?

This is a very common question that is often asked in regards to state tournaments that are not televised, such as volleyball and wrestling. The answer may seem odd, but here it is: The MSHSL doesn’t have the final say on which state tournaments are televised.

We have a contract with KSTC-TV Channel 45 that designates 45 as the official television partner of the MSHSL. KSTC makes the decisions on which state tournaments it will televise.

Sports like volleyball and wrestling might present unique TV challenges, with multiple matches taking place at the same time. There are almost always two volleyball matches being played at Xcel Energy Center, and during the state wrestling tournament in the same arena, action starts with eight mats in use and championship matches are held on three mats at the same time. That may be difficult to televise and give proper attention to everyone competing.

Plus, as anyone who knows a little about the media realizes, revenue is important in these matters. If a television station knows that the cost/revenue equation would result in a loss, the decision would probably be fairly easy.

Keep those questions coming.

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John Millea
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11h ago
Final score in girls basketball: Breck 36, Brooklyn Center 23.

John Millea
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12h ago
Halftime: Breck leads Brooklyn Center 22-6 in girls hoops.

John Millea
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12h ago
Anthem: Breck at Brooklyn Center girls hoops. @ Brooklyn Center High School instagram.com/p/BNsfG-Xh9kD/

John Millea
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13h ago
Girls basketball: Breck at Brooklyn Center. Tipoff at 6 o'clock.

John Millea
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14h ago
My plan for tonight: Breck at Brooklyn Center in girls basketball.
@BreckAthletics @bccentaurs

MN H. S. League
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16h ago
Huge congrats to League staff member Jason Nickleby for being selected to officiate in the Armed Services Bowl. @MSHSL_Officials

John Millea
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2d ago
Scoring leaders for Dover-Eyota: Brady Williams 17, Brady Pankonin 13, Connor Martin 8.

John Millea
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2d ago
Scoring leaders for Zumbrota-Mazeppa: Isaiah Nolte 17, Landon Rauen 9, Jacob Niebuhr 8, Robvon Jackson 7, Alex Guse 7.

John Millea
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2d ago
Final score in boys basketball: Zumbrota-Mazeppa defeats Dover-Eyota 58-44.


John Millea
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2d ago
3:52 to play in boys hoops: Zumbrota-Mazeppa leads Dover-Eyota 55-39.
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John Millea
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2d ago
Zumbrota-Mazeppa has opened up a 46-34 lead over Dover-Eyota in boys basketball. 9:33 to play, Dover-Eyota calls timeout.

John Millea
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2d ago
They absolutely are...

John Millea
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2d ago
Head coaches Fred Liffrig of Zumbrota-Mazeppa (left) and Tim Mayer of Dover-Eyota.


John Millea
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2d ago
Extremely high-quality hot dog from the Zumbrota-Mazeppa concession stand. Two mustard-stained thumbs up.


John Millea
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2d ago
Outstanding halftime performance by the Zumbrota-Mazeppa dance team.

John Millea
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2d ago
Halftime in boys basketball: Zumbrota-Mazeppa leads Dover-Eyota 30-23.

John Millea
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2d ago
The gym floor here at Zumbrota-Mazeppa was flooded and ruined the day before school started. It's certainly a showplace now.

John Millea
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2d ago
Couple of 6-foot-6 starters for Dover-Eyota: freshman Brady Williams (31) and junior Connor Martin (21).



 


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