FOX Sports Arizona has reached an agreement with the Arizona Interscholastic Association to become the exclusive television home of 17 championship events in 2012-13, beginning with Saturday’s Division I, II and III football title games.
FOX Sports Arizona will televise AIA championships for football, soccer, basketball, softball and baseball that are spread across different divisions. This new agreement makes it possible for FOX Sports Arizona to televise AIA baseball, softball and soccer games for the first time in the network’s history. In addition to being offered throughout Arizona and New Mexico on FOX Sports Arizona, the games can also be seen nationwide via home satellite packages, and some games will also be picked up for national telecast on FOX College Sports.
FOX Sports Arizona’s coverage kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 24, with a Division I, II and III football championship tripleheader from two different venues. The Division I game between Hamilton and Mountain Pointe will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium and televised at noon. Meanwhile, the Division II and III games are at ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium. The Division III game between Desert Edge and Queen Creek will be at 3 p.m., and the Division II championship between Ironwood Ridge and Centennial follows at 7 p.m. The announce team for the Division I and II games consists of Kevin Ray, Dale Hellestrae and Jose Garcia (sidelines), while the Division III game includes Jim Greishaber, Kevin Ollie and Chris Harris (sidelines).
Here is the entire AIA championship telecast schedule as outlined by this new partnership. Times, announcers and telecast information for the games after football will be announced as they draw closer.
Football – Division I, II, III: Nov. 24
Boys Soccer – Division I, II: Feb. 9
Girls Soccer – Division I, II: Feb. 9
Boys Basketball – Division I, II, III: Feb. 23
Girls Basketball – Division I, II, III: Feb. 23
Softball – Division I, II: May 13
Baseball – Division I, II: May 14
“Adding 17 high school championship events to our programming lineup further extends our commitment to Arizona’s home teams and Arizona’s sports fans,” said Brian Hogan, FOX Sports Arizona Senior Vice President and General Manager. “We are thrilled to increase our high school coverage and showcase Arizona’s outstanding high school programs and student-athletes to a statewide audience.”
“It is great to be able to partner with FOX Sports Arizona to expand the television coverage to other sports including baseball, softball and soccer,” said Chuck Schmidt, AIA Associate Executive Director and COO. “We are excited for the next two years to showcase Arizona high school athletics on FOX Sports Arizona.”
FOX Sports Arizona televises the most regional sports action in the state and is the exclusive cable television home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Cardinals, Northern Arizona University, Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Interscholastic Association. FOX Sports Arizona is currently seen in 2.5 million households in Arizona and New Mexico and can also be seen across the country via home satellite services. And for even more coverage of the local sports scene, log onto www.foxsportsarizona.com, www.twitter.com/foxsportsaz and www.facebook.com/foxsportsarizona.