When the University of Michigan officially opposed the Big Ten’s plan to play football games on Friday, they weren’t alone in the matter.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) released a statement Wednesday evening opposing the part of the Big Ten’s new media deal which says some Big Ten will play prime-time games on Friday night.
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In the statement, John Roberts, the executive director of the MHSAA, said he is “disappointed and disheartened” by the Big Ten’s decision to play games on Friday night. However, Roberts did praise the routes Michigan and Michigan State took in the matter, as Michigan State agreed to play only one Friday night game per year if the game was during Labor Day weekend.
“We are grateful that Michigan State University and the University of Michigan are trying to minimize the effects of this decision by the Big Ten,” Roberts said in a statement. “But overall, this is just the latest step by major college athletics in the pursuit of cash that is just crushing high school sports.”
The main concern the MHSAA has about moving Big Ten games to Friday night is the lack of media left for Michigan high school football. The MHSAA anticipates most of the media attention Michigan high school football normally gets would shift toward the Big Ten games.
Michigan Director of Athletics Warde Samuel issued a statement Wednesday as to why Michigan would forgo playing football games on Friday.