State Finals Media Information: The following information was prepared to assist you with your coverage of the upcoming OHSAA football state championship games. Please contact Tim Stried (firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-267-2502, ext. 124) at the OHSAA office should you have additional questions. Previews, team information, probable starters, statistics and additional information will be posted on the OHSAA web site the week of the state championships.
Coaches and Media Teleconference: The head coaches of the state finalists will participate in a media teleconference on Monday, Nov. 28. Contact Tim Stried at email@example.com for details.
Dates and Locations: December 1, 2 and 3 at Ohio Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus (411 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210).
Format: During the 2016 playoffs, divisions I, II, IV and VI will play on Friday nights. Following the state semifinals, one of those divisions will be selected to play its state championship game on Thursday, Dec. 1. The other three divisions (III, V and VII) will play their state championship games on Friday, Dec. 2. Divisions I, IV and VI will play on Saturday nights. The game times for those three state championship games on Dec. 3 will be announced after the state semifinals.
Media Credentials for the State Championships: Media shall use the official OHSAA football credential application form and fax it to Tim Stried at 614-267-1677 (or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline is noon on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Credentials will be held for pickup at the media entrance on the west side of Ohio Stadium (near Gate 23, look for the awning and “Press Entrance” sign). Media must show photo identification to pick up their credentials. No credentials will be issued to parents of competitors or persons under 18 years of age. One school photographer per team is permitted and must use the application form.
Confirmation Email and Approved List: Upon processing a credential application, the OHSAA will send a confirmation email to the media outlet. In addition, a list of those media members who have been approved for credentials will be posted on the credential information page at OHSAA.org.
Parking: The confirmation email sent to media outlets approved for credentials (see previous note) will contain specific parking information.
Photographers Work Space and Hospitality: The work space and hospitality area for photographers is under the south stands, which also serves as the postgame press conference room. The main press box is also available for photographers following each game.
Press Box Seating Charts and Work Space: The OHSAA will produce press box seating charts for each game. Media are asked to sit in their assigned seat or booth. Media may continue to work in the press box after each game, although it may be necessary to change seats in order to accommodate media covering the next game. The press box closes 90 minutes after the postgame press conference following the last game each day.
Wireless Access and Telephone Lines Available: Wireless internet access is available free of charge. The pass code will be posted around the work room for photographers or will be available from press box personnel. Broadcast media needing a telephone line should check the appropriate line on the application form and confirm the request with Tim Stried. A $50 charge will apply.
Postgame Press Conferences: Locker rooms are not open to media at OHSAA tournament contests. There is an official press conference after every game, which will include the head coaches and at least two players from both teams. The press conference area is under the south stands. Media are permitted to be on the field after games, but must not interfere with the post-game awards ceremony. Media (specifically television outlets and radio sideline reporters) may conduct brief interviews on the field while OHSAA personnel escort the head coach and selected student-athletes to the interview room. The winning team goes second into the press conference.
Statistics and Recaps: Game statistics will be available online and paper copies will be distributed to media in the press box. The same information will also be posted in Associated Press Exchange for AP members.
Photographs Available: Media outlets needing photographs from a state tournament are encouraged to contact the OHSAA’s official photographer, Impact Action Sports Photography. Their website is www.ImpactActionPhotos.com (click on the media request form), or contact Joe Maiorana (email@example.com, 614-266-1674) or Ben Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Coaches, parents of competitors and persons under 18 years of age are not permitted to receive media credentials. Media outlets found to be in violation could be subject to reduced access at future OHSAA state tournaments.
Audio Broadcasting Permitted: Live or tape-delayed radio and audio webcasting is permitted for OHSAA tournament contests per rates found on the 2016-17 OHSAA Broadcast Fees chart (posted on the ‘News & Media’ page at OHSAA.org). At the state finals, radio stations needing a phone line should indicate that on the credential application form, and the OHSAA will follow up with further details. Telecasts are not available per the OHSAA’s exclusive contract with SportsTime Ohio.
OHSAA Radio Network Available: Radio stations and websites may carry the OHSAA Radio Network feed of any football championship game, free of charge. The OHSAA Radio Network is a commercial-split broadcast. Network join time is 30 minutes before the announced kick-off. For more information, please contact Tim Stried.