Quincy Media finalizes deal to broadcast IHSA state tournaments

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) — Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Quincy Media has signed a deal with the IHSA and NFHS to broadcast state final tournaments.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) and digital broadcast partner the NFHS Network are proud to announce a new partnership with Quincy Media, Inc. that will create a statewide television and digital network to carry IHSA State Final broadcasts live during the 2019-20 school year and will continue on for the 20-21 and 21-22 school years.

“We are incredibly excited to announce this new partnership,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “I don’t think it is an overstatement to say it will provide the largest statewide TV audience access to IHSA State Final broadcasts since the games aired nationally in the 1970s.”

The first to air are the 2019 IHSA state football playoff pairing show on Oct. 26, followed by the 2019 football state championship games at Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium, Nov. 29-30.

The four weekends of March Madness at the Peoria Civic Center will air on the channels.

Quincy Media’s over-the-air stations in Peoria (WEEK), Harrisburg (WSIL), Quincy (WGEM) and Rockford (WREX) are the foundation of the new network, while Nexstar stations will supplement Quincy Media’s coverage, where the games will return to WCIX in Champaign/Springfield and will air on KGCW in the Quad Cities.

“We are pleased to partner with the IHSA and NFHS Network to provide statewide coverage of the Illinois high school football and basketball championships,” said Ralph M. Oakley, President/CEO of Quincy Media, Inc. “We have lined up an incredibly strong network that includes our own stations along with stations of our partners from Weigel and Nexstar. As a result, the residents in Illinois will have the opportunity to watch these events on over the air television.”

The IHSA football, girls basketball, and boys basketball state finals will continue to be streamed live and on demand on the NFHS Network.

“The NFHS Network is thrilled to continue our great partnership with the IHSA and our new television partner in Quincy Media,” said Mark Koski, CEO of the NFHS Network. “The NFHS Network’s OTT platform for digital viewing combined with the Quincy Media powered IHSA TV Network, will create the largest distribution footprint in the history of the IHSA Championships.”

The IHSA had previously partnered with NBC Sports Chicago exclusively airing the state football and basketball championship finals. Quincy Media, Inc. owns and operates television stations in 16 markets including four in Illinois. In addition, the company operates WGEM AM/FM and the Herald Whig newspaper in Quincy.

Quincy Media, Inc. owns and operates television stations in 16 markets including four in Illinois. In addition, the company operates WGEM AM/FM and the Herald Whig newspaper in Quincy.

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