During the University Interscholastic League (UIL) Legislative Council meeting on Wednesday morning June 17, Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt announced the UIL’s ban on live video broadcasts for regular-season broadcasts of high school Friday night football games would be lifted for the upcoming 2020 season. “Friday nights in Texas are a community event, as is fundraising for multiple organizations that take place at a football game on Friday. We believe that should be protected,“ Breithaupt said. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty about fans being allowed into sports stadiums in the fall prompted the decision.
By lifting the ban now, schools can negotiate broadcasting rights or allow in-house for quality broadcasts.
It is said that both the hosting and opposing teams must agree to the broadcast in advance, and all broadcasts must still follow UIL protocol and regulations. UIL does not own rights to the regular-season games, and will not be involved in any enforcement activities regarding Friday broadcasts of games.