ILH on TV
After years of resisting the trend toward televising high school athletics, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu is getting into the TV game, it announced last night.
The private school league has agreed in principle to a one-year deal to televise ILH sports, including seven football shows (six doubleheaders) from Aloha Stadium available via live pay-per-view and free delayed broadcast starting this fall.
"It is an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes, athletic programs and the 24 educational institutions that make up the Interscholastic League of Honolulu," ILH executive director Don Botelho said in a release.
Television had previously been a point of contention between the ILH and Oahu Interscholastic Association when it came to Prep Bowl football championships. The ILH preferred to stay away from television because it felt TV would put too much emphasis on athletics over academics and might hurt attendance, among other concerns.
ILH football will air on Oceanic Cable live with a pay-per-view fee, part of which would go to the league.
John Noland, Chris Schutter and Dave Vinton will call the action as part of MCS Videoworks' broadcast team.