NHSI Gets High Marks
Give this past weekend's inaugural National High School Invitational an A-minus or B-plus, says one of the event organizers.
"That's where I would lean," said James Brown, senior vice president for ESPN RISE, the cable network's division dedicated to high school athletics. "I wouldn't give it the total A."
There wasn't anything specific Brown wanted to improve on, save for finding a way to include more teams in the eight-team field. Organizers ended up with a near-perfect scenario for Sunday's final that was broadcast live on ESPN: Oak Hill vs. Findlay Prep in a meeting of undefeated teams ranked atop the national polls. Television ratings for the weekend should be available later today.
"You kind of roll the dice and hope those things happen," Brown said. "We just happened to have it that way. There were some incredible athletes. On the girls' side, the final was a great matchup [with Seton Keough beating Riverdale Baptist]. ... To be able to provide those types of stories the first year out, that was a home run.
"For a first-year event, I thought it was well managed and well run. When you put on these events, you don't know what you're going to get in the end. The comments we got were passing grades."
Brown said he had yet to discuss the event with the National Federation of State High School Associations, whose guidelines make it nearly impossible for any public school teams or many private school teams to compete in the NHSI.
"I know we're going to have some conversations with the federation going forward," Brown said. "I'd love to get their take. I will get their take down the road. I want to see if they watched it. Some coaches are absolutely interested."
Posted by: Samson151 | April 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.