Superintendent Tim McGinnis of Trigg County Schools said, “Mediacom has informed me that they plan to broadcast tape-delayed ballgames. I’ve talked to the Principal (Neal Cummins), Coach (Shannon) Burcham and our Athletic Director (Jim Perrin) and they want to see it on a tape delay.”
McGinnis said that his chief concern with the plan dealt with the impact of broadcasts on attendance at games. “The Titans will black out games if they do not sell out to keep TV from hurting their gate. Then there are those that believe that the kids need the exposure and broadcasts will enhance activities. Some casual fans might see a game on Tuesday night, decide that it looks like fun and go to the game on Friday night. If we find it hurts our game, we may need to have a conversation about the broadcasts at that point.”
Mediacom began their high school football broadcasts last year in Marshall County. McGinnis said that Trigg officials spoke to their counterparts in that district who called the tape-delayed broadcasts a “positive experience.” The Superintendent said, “They’ve found it hasn’t hurt their program in any form or fashion and some have even said that the kids play harder because they will be on TV.”
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