Middle Creek High School was informed by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association that it cannot continue to stream live video from its football games per NCHSAA rules. Over the past few years, MCHS students in a media production class have produced live audio broadcasts of various school contests that can be downloaded later online.
But this year, the Sports Block -- the name of the student-run broacast team of announcers and technicians that produce the broadcasts -- added live video to the list of features it provides. However, NCHSAA rules state that no live video of can be streamed from any football or basketball game as well as any playoff game in all other sports.
Some exceptions are made for state championship games through Time Warner Cable. Tape-delay video broadcasts are allowed, as are live audio broadcasts.
Rick Strunk, associate commissioner of communications for the NCHSAA, said that MCHS was previously unaware of the rule and has agreed to only show the video on delay. Some violators of the rule can face fines, but Strunk said the school cooperated with the NCHSAA after receiving the news. MCHS will not face any fines.
You can listen to the Sports Block online at http://sportsblock.net/The_Sports_Block/Welcome.html. Archived broadcasts can be found here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-sports-block