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UIL to lift Friday night broadcast ban for 2020 Texas high school football season

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AUSTIN, Texas -

The University Interscholastic League will lift the Friday night live broadcast rule for the 2020 Texas high school football season.

UIL Executive Director Dr. Breithaupt says by making this decision now, this will allow school districts to negotiate broadcast rights or allow student led broadcasts. 

The fall of 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of UIL high school football.

In a phone interview, Lubbock ISD Athletics Director Mike Meeks said "we still have a lot to discuss, but I am sure we will be taking advantage. It's important that we keep our community connection."

Matt Stepp, with Dave Campbell's Texas Football, tweeted the following Wednesday afternoon: 

 

Before this announcement, radio stations were allowed to broadcast play-by-play of regular season games live. This has been a staple of many small town stations as well as in larger cities. Every Friday night in the fall there are games up and down the radio dial in Lubbock. But television and digital platforms could not broadcast video broadcasts of Friday night games live, under the UIL rule.

TV stations across the state have broadcast live play-by-play of regular season games on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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