NFHS Meets With OSSAA Over Racial Slur Incident Involving Game Announcer

Wednesday, April 21st 2021, 5:59 pm
By: Anjelicia Bruton

National Federation of High Schools Network (NFHS), the company that broadcasts high school games online, met face to face with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) board members to discuss how they can move forward following the racial slur used by an announcer at a state basketball tournament.

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“It's sad that comments made by a third party that was hired had to take the spotlight away from the students that participated in that game and for this we are sorry,” Mark Koski, CEO of NFHS Network said.

This was the first time NFHS network and OSSAA board members have met to discuss the incident. Koski said he ensures their network has a plan.

“We want to make sure we have a better kind of tracking system. This situation we did not hear about it until the next morning. I sure wish we'd heard about it immediately as it was live,” Koski said. “Through the four or five things we put on here that may help us get there cause that's our ultimate goal for these students to always be protected on a network that is for the students themselves, but for me to say that these comments couldn't happen again unfortunately I can't do that.”

The board did not take any action towards their contract agreement with NFHS network. A big question board members want answered is if they’re looking at this from a financial standpoint or the standpoint of the students.

The OSSAA board voted to authorize staff to send a notice to NFHS network stating there was a breach of contract and to detail what occurred. The network has 30 days to respond.

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